Look at the education in your life and compare the way your parents learned, to how you were taught, and to how you currently teach. All very different methods and tools are being used to enhance learning. For example, when my mom was in school, she was taught through strictly lecture and teacher centered classrooms. When I was in school, we rarely used technology but our classroom student centered. Today, students are using new technologies like graphing calculators, blended learning experiences, and opportunities to connect with others throughout the nation (and world). My mom’s learning experience would not work for today’s student. They would be bored and lacking the skills and experiences needed for college and career readiness.
Group A (supporters of connectivism) states that “In a connectivist classroom, teachers must recognize that teaching methods and tools are constantly changing and educators need to change with them.” In my opinion, this is true for all types of classrooms. The way students learn and the learning environment has certainly changed due to technology. Since technology, teaching strategies, learning settings and resources are constantly changing, we need to be educating ourselves on these things in order to provide a high quality instruction. Our job is to give the students the opportunities to learn and grow through the use of these new technologies. As Bill Gates stated, “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.”