I agree that the internet has become the setting for a modern version of Golding's classic Lord of The Flies, where shipwrecked youth run wild, adapting murder as a solution for misguided emotions but this story exists to reveal what would happen in a lawless society without supervision and guidance. In my opinion, schools are our primary source for rescuing these net-wrecked kids.
If schools integrated technology into every day operations in classrooms the benefits are numerous for society and students.
- Students will be more engaged using the tools and techniques their generation's preference.
- Schools have the opportunity to continuously teach students proper netiquette rather than in one mandated lesson.
- Schools can offer differentiated instruction through computer based courses.
- If students use texting, blogging and writing daily in schools then teachers can change the habits embedded in modern digital dialogue with conventional rules of grammar.
- If we harness the power of technology schools can offer learning opportunities beyond the confines of a normal school day.
We are in the business of educating children and our goal is to educate every child to the fullest extent possible. Unless we adapt new methods we will not meet the needs of every child. Very few children, if any, are brought to school in a horse and buggy and yet many are still taught using the tools and techniques from the era of the horse and buggy.
"We need to prepare kids for their future, not our past".