Today's public school classroom has evolved to integrate new 21st century technologies, into the teaching and learning practices in the classroom. Students today, "Digital Natives," come to our classrooms with digital devices and also digital brains. They are socially networked all day with friends and sometimes foes, and have cyber lives much different than most of their parents (and teachers.) This is why teaching and learning today has evolved from posting assignments on the chalkboard to posting assignments on twitter, a classroom LMS, or even Facebook. We not only have to teach our subjects , but model cyber citizenship to our students. Teaching involves much more than a textbook and grading papers. Teaching is a balancing act of staying relevant to our students with educational technology while also keeping on top of our course content. Teaching today requires continually learning new ways to engage and inspire young minds to become contributing member of the future world they will inherit.
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I am a 25+ Classroom teacher and have been using technology in my classroom for about 10 years. I love creative ways to learn, and I'm always looking for great ideas, student projects and engagement activities to share in the classroom.
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Setting up a Wiki site with Google for your classroom