Online Education: Embracing Technology to Prepare Children for the Future
I read an interesting article entitled Social media find place in classroom in USA Today yesterday about social media use in education today. It really highlights a shift that is currently taking place in education and the need for all of us to consider how we can and should use technology to ensure our system of learning is engaging young minds and preparing them for the future.
As an early adopter of technology tools and a part of the K¹² social media and online community team, I spend a huge part of my day being "social", but I also spend a lot of time spearheading efforts to show how using these methods can offer educational and socialization benefits to schools, teachers and most importantly our students.
It seems like every time I blink, there is some new technology available and personally, it's hard to keep up. I can only imagine how daunting the rapidly expanding and evolving tech space must be to anyone not already in the mix. Add in the the common fears around technology in general and it's easy to understand why schools have only just begun to explore how to use technology to improve their students' educational experience.
Using technology does not take the place of the ultimate mission -- delivering a world-class education that prepares our children for the future. By embracing technology, we are able to give parents a choice and offer individualized learning customized to each child's needs anytime, anywhere and allows all of us to tap into resources to enhance and enrich the learning experience.
How do you use social media tools and techniques to enhance your children's education? Let me know by leaving a comment below.