So this week I’ve been working on identifying I.C.Ts and I have come to the understanding that what I would call an I.C.T is not necessarily adequate for the digital world. For me, in my nearly 30 years of worldly experience, an I.C.T has been anything, literally any technology, that has helped me to gain information or communicate an idea. In a digital world that is vastly expanding, changing and evolving my definition simply isn’t enough to keep pace. In a world where an analogue TV has been replaced and video stores are long extinct, I think it may be time for me to join to revolution and learn a thing or two! My thoughts confirmed by a 6 year when the words “video store” were meet with a blank stare of befuddlement!
As I continue on I am learning that to keep pace and be an effective educator I am going to need to practice what I teach: Learn to keep on learning. In order for my students have transformed learning experience through I.C.Ts , firstly I am going to have learn how to effectively use them as tools for learning. I found a great Blog post this week by John Spencer in which he outline 11 of the most common reasons he has found teachers to be reluctant to engage computers and such in the classroom. Sadly I found that a few of his points resonated with me. Some reflection on my past experiences has shown me that it’s time this ‘digital immigrant’ got to work!