I am passionate about teachers using technology to overcome obstacles in their classrooms. Teachers can saddle the power of technology to hurdle barriers. It can take students beyond the walls of the classroom, and make learning relevant and fun. Technology isn’t beneficial when used just for the sake of using technology.
I was recently reminded of this when reading a post on The Edublogger, Tips on Blogging With Students. The post quotes a student sharing his frustration about his teacher’s redundant use of technology. In addition, Brian Crosby’s blog recently included a new video by the Skype team about Celeste, a student with leukemia who was “skyped into class.”
This is just one of several ways that Brian has used technology to overcome obstacles. Please see his K12 Online Conference 2007 presentation for more.
With technology we can provide students with a worldwide audience, making their learning relevant and connected. Barry Bachenheimer’s 42 video calculates the traditional audience experienced by a student during his/her K-12 experience.
It’s not about the tools, but what we can do because we have the tools. It’s not about teaching technology, but teaching life skills, making learning real, and making students learners.
3 Simple Meme Rules:
- Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
- Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
- Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.
The five people I’m tagging: anyone who reads this and wants to add their square to the quilt