On October 15th, 2007, I attended the Nassau BOCES - Technology Summit at the Hilton Long Island, in Huntington. The conference focused on using technology to develop 21st century learners, providing strategies for teaching students to use technology to learn content and skills so that students can engage in: knowing how to learn, thinking critically, solving problems, using information, communicating, innovating and collaborating. Does this sound like your classroom?
We live in what is quickly becoming a digital world and as teachers we need to prepare ourselves for our 21st Century digital learners. We're teaching in a teachnology revolution and it is important to keep up with what is new in technology and Web 2.0. Right now, students could be blogging, collaborating on wikis, or connecting globally through audio/visual communication. Many students are using these web tools at home, and we as teachers should not expect our students to power down or unplug once they're at school. Engaging students improves a teachers ability to maintain student interest, facilitate learning and to improve classroom management.
The two keynote speakers were David Warlick and Karen Cator.
Resources for TEAM:
David Warlicks 2 Cents Worth
Partnership for 21st Century Skills