We are getting ready to start setting up our classrooms soon, so we should be asking ourselves:
Is our classroom ready for the 21st century learner?
The great news is that 21st-century learning can take place in every school and in every classroom!
It is evident that technology influences how our students learn. Not only educators and learners have changed, but also learning tools have evolved. While I was training teachers, I realized that some of them are reluctant to prepare themselves for this change.
Their main concern is that they do not feel like they have enough tools, knowledge and time to implement technology.
It is crucial for us to know how to use technologies to make material accessible and engaging. It is never too late to learn and if we are in education for our students, we can at least start somewhere. Let's not forget that technology is ever-changing, and we should not leave our children behind.
Where can we start?
The main question we should ask ourselves is—what do we want students to learn? Then we can choose what technology is appropriate for our students.
- What tools and technologies will help my students (and
perhaps colleagues) create, collaborate, and communicate better?
- How can I let students learn with technology the way that they already live with their technology?
- What is the appropriate role of the web, social media, mobile technologies, interactive white- boards, etc., in today's classroom?
Here are more questions that can help you get ready: