A recent article written by Terry Keick and published by Teachthought called What happens when students use technology better than students? provides an interesting insight into the effects of a tech savvy generation of digital natives on teachers and the classroom.
Throughout this course it has become apparent, with the many hours spent pouring over how to use Diigo, Feedly and Gliffy that I am no digital native. While I can understand and use these ICTs quite well after spending time on them, they definitely are not applied instantaneously. The question is, am I going to have time after teaching all day, writing lesson plans, sourcing resources, marking and writing up individual target plans among the myriad of other teacher requirements to jump on my computer and catch up with the latest ICTs?
So, apart from this course and the remaining of my Bachelor of Education courses, how can I ensure I am equipped with the skills to keep up with information communication technologies?
Coming back to Heick’s reflections… As students observe teachers flailing and drowning in understanding and using new ICTs, Heick questions “what process and outcomes does this undermine?” He suggests that the ability to rationalise away the impact is growing old.
Terry Heick also asks the question, what have we (teachers) cost ourselves by not getting ahead of students, these digital natives?
“What will happen when students use ICT with such great conviction and thoughtless habit that they won’t listen to a thing we tell them about it all because they can see the gap themselves?
I will leave that question open to my peers.
Do you feel you are equipped to handle the upcoming digital natives?
How will you ensure you will keep up with ICTs?