Happy Digital Learning Day! It is amazing to witness teachers push the envelope of both technology and education in creating so much wonderful learning opportunities for our children. It takes a lot of bravery to enter the digital world of today’s student. Kids have higher quality technology than their parents and are better at using it. Yet teachers are working long hours learning how to use the next generation of technology and spending more hours figuring out how to teach with it.
Technology seems to be developing at a never-seen-before pace and has invaded every aspect of our lives. However, educational technology is not a visit to a computer lab or a worksheet completed online. Technology is just a tool and not the learning outcome. Soon, tablets will be as common as chalkboards and it will be called teaching and not teaching with technology.
Students are using technology in their personal lives and will be using advanced technology in their professional lives. Society cannot afford to let education be the weak link in the area of technology development. In fact, society needs educators to take advantage of the amazing opportunity to integrate these same technologies that students enjoy into the learning process. Being educated is no longer focused just on reading and writing skills. The productive generation of the future must be able to upload, embed, chat, design, blog, code and share.
Teachers, take a chance! Use today as a chance to experiment with technology or to begin planning a future lesson with a new-to-you technology. Study after study shows that great teachers are the number one thing successful students have in common. Education is still about the magic that a teacher brings into the classroom on behalf of their students. Be willing to take a risk and, when there may seem to be nowhere to go for help, ask your students. If they are anything like my third grader then they will be more than willing to teach you about technology. After all, it is their learning experience and they want to take ownership of it.
Today's post is contributed by Mr. Brian Grismore. Brian has been teaching for 15 years. Currently, he teaches government at Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN. Brian is the father of three awesome boys. You can follow him on Twitter @grizgoat