I am often asked as I travel to various places to present why I would spend so much time talking about technology knowing that with outsourcing and such that I am undermining job security in that computers could replace teachers. To that I respond, If you can be replaced by a computer then you probably should be! The truth is that technology will never replace teachers, however teachers who know how to use technology effectively to help their students connect and collaborate together online will replace those who do not.
It was George Burns who said “I look to the future, because that is where I am going to spend the rest of my life.” Simple yet profound. (o.k. I am easily impressed) We have a wonderful opportunity to embrace the future, I fear that we will miss it longing to hold on to what we already know and feel comfortable with. We ask our students to step out of their comfort zones and grow every day. Should we not have that same expectation of ourselves? We have learning goals for our students. We must also have them for ourselves. What did you learn at school today? If you say nothing, It is a good bet your students will say the same!