21st Century Classroom

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It’s about Facebook, Twitter, blogs, glogs, texting, wikis

By John Pawlak

It’s a new school year and students are excited and enthusiastic as always!  Well, okay, maybe not.

In preparation for this school year, I’ve reviewed my lesson plans, looked over new material, new techniques, new educational psychology theories, and I’ve pretty much decided that I’m a dinosaur. I learned math the hard way. I studied. I studied a lot.  I opened my book in the evenings and worked on problems until I “got it”, until something clicked and it made sense to me. It took a lot of my free time, a lot of paper, and a lot of band-aids from all those paper cuts.

But pencils and paper and open books laid out on the floor in one’s bedroom is now passé.  Technology is at the front lines of the learning battlefield and schools are looking to apply technology whenever and however possible. Networked collaborative learning environments are paving the educational highways to the future.

The question is; where is that highway taking us?  And are there any Starbucks in the rest areas?

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