“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”B. Fuller
We know that our students are using digital technology everyday. We also know that our world is using digital technology and it is changing our culture. If something is moving our culture in a new or different direction then we need to prepare students for this.
It isn’t the technology itself that we need to teach. They figure it out pretty quickly. We just need to start using it in our schools to learn with our students and discuss the impacts these tools are having on the world. Teaching them that they are empowered through technology is a valuable lesson.
We all have access to a global community of experts. As educators we need to make sure we join that community through social media. Yes, if you haven’t created a personal learning network then you need to. Why? To connect and collaborate with colleagues who are passionate about learning with their students.
You will also feel more comfortable teaching students how to engage with the local and global community. Not only will they be learning from others, they will be adding to what is out there and understanding that it is about sharing what we know, want to find out and discover.
Twitter is one of the best ways to easily connect with others in education who are engaged in personal learning networks and have knowledge and resources to share. Try searching with #blendedlearning.
We are all at different points when it comes to implementing the changes we are talking about. For some blended learning is still very new while others are implementing it already. Continuing the conversations around blended learning, is going in the right direction.