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I love this quote by Ian Jukes. For years, there was a belief going around that teachers would eventually be replaced by computers. I don’t think it will ever happen. The role of the teacher is going to change but they will remain the most critical part of education process. The issue is not so much replacing teachers with technology, but encouraging them to embrace it. Jukes says: 1. It is time for education and educators to catch up, to learn the new digital world. 2. In the information age, students need to be both producers and consumers of content. We have to move beyond 20th century literacy to 21st century fluency — being able to use technological tools without thinking about it. 3. Educators need to shift their instructional approach from director to facilitator, encouraging higher-order thinking skills. After two weeks, students remember 10% of what is read, but 50% of what is seen and heard (simultaneously), and 90% of what they both say and do. He theorizes that rather than experiencing an epidemic of ADD and ADHD, we’re simply not teaching effectively to the way students learn today. 4. If we want understanding and comprehension, we must teach in a new way. 5. We need to let students access information natively. Just as calculators were scoffed in the 1960s, social networking is similarly cast aside in schools today — where it needs to be an integral part of learning. 6. Let kids collaborate Prepare them for their future , not our past .
The Internet as we know it has been constantly changing and improving over the past several years, and these changes have been so numerous and so dramatic as to inspire people to refer to this &quot;new&quot; Internet as Web 2.0. The Web 2.0 content is characterized by open communication, freedom to share and re-use content, and dynamic interactivity among users of varying technical abilities around the globe. There are now a multitude of Web-based tools available that can allow people to organize their favorite bookmarks, write online documents, and share information with others through social software like blogs and wikis. These tools can positively impact teaching and learning, and the implications are significant. Students can be empowered to see how their ideas can be shared easily with the world, and students around the globe can easily collaborate and communicate with each other to build knowledge communities that are not dependent on time and space. Let’s look at how these tools can be integrated into the classroom to make the most of their potential to enhance student learning. In today’s media centers students are reading e-books, sharing their stories online on wikis, creating book trailers, blogging as their favorite book character, participating in online book discussions, and taking online literature field trips.
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Show teachers effective ways to use the dynamic technology tools available to them to enrich students’ learning experiences, encourage project-based instruction, and give students the skills they need to become lifelong learners and critical thinkers.
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