What a huge difference 10 years can make in the world of technology. The above picture has two different years, 1993 and 2013. In the 1993 picture you have digital technologies from the day. We had so many devices to do so many different things. Now in 2013 we have one device that does it all for us. It’s not just one device, it’s one small device that fits in the palm of your hand.
So how does this knowledge affect us now? Well if technology has advanced this much in 10 years, imagine what will happen in another 10 years. This is why it is so important for teachers to stay “ahead of the game”. Keeping up to date with digital technologies will help to know when and how to incorporate them in the learning environment. The question is, how do we do that? Where do we as busy teachers, find the time to do that? Do we take courses? Do we buy books or ebooks with titles like “A dummy’s guide to new technologies?” No. The only way we are going to be able to learn about these technologies is from trial and error. We are going to have to experiment and explore them. Just as we encourage students to explore and try something new out in a safe and supportive environment we should do the same.
Definitely something to think about.