I was reading through the Week two modules and came across a quote that really struck a chord with me.
If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.
So, what does this mean?
Put simply, it means our world is changing, and as educators, we need to adapt so that our future students will be ready for the future.
So, let’s think about the way educators used to teach. I remember the old rote learning, 1 x 1 is 1, 2 x 2 is 4, etc, etc, verb conjugations and cursive lessons. These methods certainly had their place, but it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to incorporate ICT into these lessons.
For example, some of the apps that devices such as I pads have available is quite incredible. As an educator, you can ‘trick’ your students into thinking they are playing games when in fact they are learning fundamental skills such as mathematics and English.
I found a fascinating website created by the Business Insider Australia where they envisage that by the year 2025 ten incredible technologies will become a reality. Some of these predictions include:
- That solar will be the biggest source of energy
- Type 1 diabetes will be preventable
- Electric transportation will take over traditional vehicles by 2025.
However, for our future leaders to have the knowledge of how to create these technologies, they must first have the fundamental ICT skills required. As educators, it is vital that we keep up to date with technologies and give students our skills and knowledge with ICT so they create our future.
The You Tube clip below explains ‘20 ways technology has changed the world’. I believe it’s invaluable to watch and shows how ICT has been incorporated into everyday living. It’s also incredible to think that we take most of these technologies for granted now, which leads me to ask the question, ‘how will our world change in the future and what can we do to keep up with it?’