Will Richardson, in my opinion, gave a concise “state of affairs” in terms of the roles of technology and teachers in his article, “Words Without Walls: Learning Well with Others”. I took away four important ideas. First, in the face of expanding digital media, the role of the teacher has shifted. We need not only to be teaching new ways of accessing information, but training students in making good decisions and gathering and processing information through a critical lens. Secondly, students should be collaborating in a way that is unlike a traditional classroom definition. Experts and individuals with like interests are a keyboard stroke away, and students need skills that will enable them to interact effectively within this digital environment. Thirdly, Richardson hints that, with information at our fingertips, the possibility for differentiation in instruction takes on a whole new perspective. Lastly, students are already networked, by virtue of FACEBOOK, TWITTER, etc. Teachers should embrace the “tech savy-ness” of their students and guide them to be productive, collaborative, creative, and ethical digital learners.
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