“There’s been a lot of talk about 21st century learners, 21st century teachers, and connected classrooms. There’s a daily influx of new technology into your inbox and your classroom feels woefully behind the times even if you’re flipping your 1:1 iPad classroom that’s already online and part of a MOOC. What are modern teachers to do with all this jargon and techno-babble being thrown at them all day long?”
Read this Edudemic article to find out what one teacher believes are the 10 skills modern teachers must have.
Technology in Teaching
“Teachers are really active sharers and connectors from time immemorial,” Burch said. “They’re people who like to gain knowledge from others and in digital literacy, teachers are the best evangelists. They want to understand how to improve their practice.”
Read more from Kelsey Herron about this American survey of technology in teaching here.
Do’s and Don’t of Teaching Digital Literacy
“Is there a right and a wrong way to teach social media in schools? Some administrators think so.
Many schools across the country have banned the use of social networking platforms, but others are transitioning to a more proactive approach. Many experts and school officials say that abandoning the more reactionary responses to social media is the first step toward implanting a more effective digital literacy education.
“The fact is, social media isn’t technology in the lives of our kids, but an essential aspect of their world. Social media isn’t ‘new’ anymore,” said teacher and education consultant Dan Haesler on his blog. “We can’t continue pretending that it is, and using this as an excuse for not addressing it. And by addressing it I do not mean banning it!” ”
Read more from Kelsey Herron on the Do’s and Don’ts of digital literacy here.