Friday, February 6, 2009

The Fischbowl

After reading Karl Fisch's blog, I feel that he was dead on about all the statements he made. Every teacher today should be required to be computer literate. Computers and the Internet are here to stay, as much as the older generation does not want to admit it. Computers will be a part of everyday life for everyone for years to come, especially students and teachers. I believe that students will get their homework assignments, study guides for tests, grades, and etc. in the future from a blog. The internet was just in it's infancy ten years ago, and I am not sure that it has hit its full potential yet or that it ever will.

I realize that we have older teachers in school systems that believe that if they taught for so many years without a computer then they can continue to do so. I feel like that is a childish thought process, and in the end it hurts the children. If you cannot or do not teach children to be computer literate nowadays, then as an educator, you are only setting them up in failure for the future. The future will have computers, but we must be able to use the computers to have a future.

1 comment:

  1. Well said Matthew. As one of those 'older teachers', having taught now for nearly 30 years, I am loving doing computer and technology activities like blogging, wiki ing and skype calls with my class.

    But it does take a lot to try and convince other teachers to 'move with the times'. It doesn't help though, when we only have a computer lab for about 2 hours per week. Luckily my class also has four computers in their home room to use.

    Thanks for leaving a message on my class blog a couple of weeks ago. I do have Skype here at school that could be used to interview some students and teachers, but as we are only just starting our year, many students have not been very involved with technology in their primary school years.

    From the beginning of March I will be running a worldwide student blogging challenge and so far have classes or students registered from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England, Portugal and Argentina.