How Should Classrooms Evolve?

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In my email today:

“Could you imagine sending me a short quote about why you think it is important to teach using technology and/or why there should be global connections?”

Here was my answer.


Our students who participate in Flat Classroom and Digiteen are graduating from high school able to say that they have collaborated on a global basis. Sure, twenty first century skills are important, however, twenty first century connections are just as important. Additionally, there are now three forms of writing: traditional essay writing, first person blogging, and collaborative writing such as done on a wiki.

There are also other forms of expression. We already have: written expression and verbal expression but now we also have audio expression and visual expression (through video and photography.) To be a well rounded, well educated student they should be able to express themselves well in all of these forms of expression. 

There are PhD programs in the United States that now require a video to accompany the doctoral thesis. Additionally, there are high schools requiring complete efolios and some of us (myself included) think colleges should add the ability to submit hyperlinks to the college application.  

In this environment, we must move to specifically incorporate these forms of writing and additional forms of expression into our curriculum from the lower levels all the way through college.  In short, global collaboration and the accompanying multimedia, technical profiencies and collaborative skills required is essential to producing a well educated student.

For those people who just completely did not understand the words in the previous paragraphs, this points out that also, we as educators must become more literate ourselves in understanding the requirements of an increasingly technical and interconnected world.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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