What is all the buzz about 21st Century educating? I think it is more than just using technology in your classroom- though that is lots of fun.
In 1995, I was a part of a research team that was integrating technology in the classroom to teach energy in the human body. We had video cameras, simulation programs, and a whole host of other instructional technology. The teachers were scared back then, as they are now. The school district was the worst in Massachusetts and educators were giving up on these “at-risk-students.” But, they performed just as good as the other school districts. Why? Because we integrated lots of learning tools and we believed in them. Technology allows us to do so much more. It allows us to empower students to learn in ways in which they are already familiar.
BUT, Being a 21st century educator is more than simply using technology in the classroom. It is also about the student. It is about empowering the student to reach higher than we ever could in the past. It is about empowering students to learn from others around the world, from primary sources, and from amazing teachers.
So, here are some more ideas on morphing…
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