The fact is that human societies are now being formed and sustained through communication and information sharing digital technologies. There are very few parents among us who are not engaged in daily deliberations with their children and teenagers about how, when, and why we use different technologies for different purposes. Similarly, there are very few teachers among us who are not facing technological complexity in the forms of diverse devices, software applications, and network infrastructures and how these technological resources can contribute to enabling, enhancing and enriching learning opportunities.
The line between formal learning and informal learning is blurring, as we learn more about learning processes. Whether our learning activities are taking place within the environs of educational institutions are without, we are constantly taking in new information, making sense of it, evaluating its relevance to our current needs, and utilizing it accordingly.
It is interesting that the debate in BC education is largely focused on class-size, when the actual composition of a ‘class’ and the locations for learning relationships to form are changing quickly. How many teachers consider themselves educational technologists? How may are comfortable taking advantage of daily incorporation of ICT in their learning activities (for their students, with their colleagues)? How many teachers feel prepared to provide leadership to their students, and their parents, for the educational, and civic, uses of digital technologies for the good of society, for forming and sustaining friendships, for changing society for the better (socially, culturally, economically, energetically)?
How many teachers are ready to step up and provide support to their colleagues as they learn to incorporate ICT into every facet of teaching and learning? To change teaching cultures and teaching practice to meet 21st century societal needs as leaders in their communities?
I know that teachers work very hard to provide the best learning experiences for their students. I also know that the profession of teaching is changing, it must change, to meet the needs of an evolving technological society. How can teachers be supported to make the necessary changes to their beliefs, values, perceptions, and practices?