100 Best Tools for Learning 2011 – Reflections…

I was incredibly enthused by the slideshow below, as it demonstrated that ISM are facing in the right direction when it comes to integrating tech into the classroom and preparing our learners for the future that they, not us, will need to survive in. The debate over tech-learning continues to rage, and I doubt whether it will ever be settled by those teachers who were learners in the late 20th Century. However, take the word ‘tech’ out the debate and you are still left with the same question: why are we still implementing the industrial model of education to children in the 21st Century?

With magnificent tools such as these at our disposal, we have the opportunity to give a voice to students that they have never had before. We will give them the possibility, as 21st Century learners, to end the debate about technology, test-based curriculum and industrial cloning. Instead we will produce a generation of tech savvy, independent learners who understand the world around them; a world where jobs, communication, networks and success are no longer measured by obsolete preconceptions of academia.

When you are facing in the right direction, all you have to do is keep on walking…

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