Technology advancement is moving at such a quick pace that it is often difficult to know if I will be able to keep up. I feel like I just learn something well enough to really use it and then there is a change, an update or someone “downtown” has decided we are not using that technology any longer.
I have also come to the realization that even when you think you have a learning opportunity there are so many glitches that can mess it up. My classroom is said to be a twenty-first century classroom, each student having their own school supported device, but we are situated in a building built for a different era. The wifi cannot support my students’ computers. We get the wifi jacked up and then there are individual student issue with OneNote or another app. I just became comfortable with Flipgrid, on our computers as the ipads could not update enough to load, and now we are being told to use My Blueprint.
Sage has a great chart in the Fox Den. It really helped outline the changes progress has made as well as the learning theory that it coincides or works with. I also appreciate the illustrations, taken from Jake Gerstein, of what Classroom 3.0 would look like. If we look at Education 1.0 as described by Gerstein, we can see that students have access to information via books and websites. They are not able to connect or share with their learnings with others outside the context of the classroom. We can watch our students take notes and learn from live or video lectures and we can use technology or mobile apps for drill and practice concepts. Moving to Education 2.0, our students are now able to construct part of their learning not just be consumers of the media. Students can participate in real tasks online with real world settings. Collaborative and hands-on activities are starting to be integrated into this generation of learning. 3.0 gives our students many educational opportunities to take the role of creator of their learning. They are connecting on a deeper level and globally, as opposed to locally or within our own classroom. The information we received is up-to-date and right at our fingertips at all times. Having learners take charge of their learning experience, share their knowledge with others and show responsible citizenship is key.