I am fairly new to Twitter, Second Life, and other technological communications. I don’t text, Desiree and I have one cell phone between the two of us, I am not on Facebook, and a blackberry is something we pick in August off thorny bushes that lurk on our wooded city lot.
Experienced teachers 🙂 struggle to immerse themselves in the technology of our time. Maybe it’s a financial decision or maybe we just figure we can do it the way we always have. When we embrace how our children communicate and the inarguable fact that the world is shrinking via technology, then maybe we can help our children and students learn and master Twenty-First Century Skills.
Some of our best teachers are resistant learners. Hmmm…why? Our district just purchased new textbooks this past summer for English teachers to utilize. Included with these texts were an online subscription and many multi-media tools to enhance learning. It’s not the same textbook experience I had in school. But what about Twitter, Facebook, Texting, and Second Life? How can teachers and parents buy into these things and teach children how to use them appropriately as communication and learning tools?
I have thoroghly been satisfied with my experience twittering. I have found many resources that have helped me as a teacher and I am continually amazed and impressed with the professional people (adults, experienced teachers, etc.) out there ‘tweeting’ trying to improve themselves.
How can we get ahead of our students and children in terms of technology? Answer….keep learning!!! Let’s not make it taboo to try new things as adults. Let’s embrace the technology and do our best to teach our children well…and children, teach your parents well.