Thursday, March 6, 2008

Teaching in the 21st Century


More than 20 KHS teachers are currently enrolled in an online class entitled "Teaching in the 21st Century--The Need for Change." We've had some lively discussions, both face-to-face and on the course's discussion board, on how today's students learn. These kids have grown up with video games, computers, iPods, instant messaging, cell phones, etc. They are used to action, immediate feedback, interaction, and collaboration. Needless to say, textbooks and worksheets don't excite them too much!

Our old teaching methods aren't working so well anymore. Many teachers are feeling the pressure to change the way they do business.

Vicki Davis's Cool Cat Teacher Blog has a del.icio.us link to this YouTube video, "A Vision of K-12 Students." And Jim Gates' Computer Tips blog links to Karl Fisch's post entitled, "Is it Okay to be Technologically Illiterate?" Gates suggests reading the many comments linked to Fisch's post as well.

Take a few minutes to watch the video and read Fisch's blog entry. Then consider these questions:
IS it okay for teachers to be technologically illiterate when teaching 21st Century students? Should students have to "power down" when they come to class? Are we meeting their needs when we continue to use 20th Century teaching methods?

Embedded Learning gang . . . what do you think? Students, how would you answer these questions? Are we heading in the right direction at Keystone? Ninth and tenth graders, what changes are you experiencing in your classes in the short time we've had the Macbooks and other equipment?

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