Thursday, February 24, 2005

Keeping Up

Wow, I am finding that taking the time to blog is a lot more than I planned for, but an interesting experience.

I have trying to keep up with reading other blogs, especially those on technology and education (my area of interest), but there is so much going on it can be dizzying.

My main concern is that the majority of educators seem to be going along the same way day after day and technology is not making any impact on their educational life. I have heard the concerns and know there just is "not enough time". But what do we say to students that graduate and have only their own personal technology expereince to fall back on. OOOOPS. I think there needs to be a move to making a shift to allow integration of technology into education. I don't mean having students type up research papers on a computer, but a real move to technology use.

I know that it is important for skills development that we teach How to use Word or How to use Excel, but where is the lesson on what communication method should I use in this situation? This is what Digital Citizenship is all about - teaching about the real world uses of the technologies. I have been at this for two years and I am still learning new stuff, so how can we expect students to be prepared if we are not teaching them any of this?

More to come...


At March 5, 2005 at 1:28 PM, Blogger Mrs. H said...

Mike, your presentation at MACE was awesome! Your ideas on teaching "Digital Citizenship" really helped validate some of my curriculum. I began two years ago teaching 8th graders about online security, responsibility, "ethics", and legalities and due to student interests/concerns have expanded the information each year. Your "solar system" diagram really helps provide an "outline" for what I have pieced together. Thank you soooo very much for presenting at MACE. (I could have listened for two more hours! :-)

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