For a long time I have been thinking about collecting my thoughts on educational technology. About three years ago I was working on a department philosophy with a colleague, and the term “21st century citizenship” came out after much discussion. I am not sure how I got to that term, but a little googling found that the British Government was using that name to reflect a project about exploring who Britain is today. Their focus is not educational technology, but rather on citizenship generally.
My thoughts on 21st century citizenship are directly tied to education. We are at a time where technology and the Internet are rapidly chaging the average daily life in the United States and other first-world countries. As the Internet becomes a social norm for our students, we must find ways to utilize its draw to engage our students. Moreover, the tremendous processing power of computers gives us incredible new methods for students to explore concepts covering all fields of academia. Students will also live and work in a world where technology is all around, and possibly more importantly always shifting. Students will need to be able to adapt quickly to the ebbs and flows of technical development. If there are not adaptable to those types of conditions, they will get left behind, whether in college, or at the workplace.
As an educational technologist in a school focused on using technology to enhance education, I hope to document my thoughts and experiences on this blog. I also want to collaborate and connect information with others working on similar issues around the globe.
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