Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I really enjoyed the presentation by Clarence Fisher, who's presentation I found on the K12 online conference 2007 website. The foresight it takes to see the changes needed in our attitudes towards education is very inspiring to see. I think that we do need to change our attitudes about how we teach our curriculum. He states that it is our thoughts about how we educate our students that must change and I could not agree with him more. It is no longer a text book world but a vast and growing world with an abundance of resources. We need to think more about our student's best interests and we need to prepare them for the future. In today's growing technological societies, we need to learn to embrace collaboration and all of the tools that allow and complement that collaboration. We need to think about how the free tools available to us will positively affect our students. They will be sharing and creating ideas and posting them for discussion from all around the world. They are thinking about what they are writing and reflecting on information that is relevant to them. This is a true enhancement to any subject of interest for the student. They are making connections that will contribute and possibly reshape their thoughts. This is what we need in order to prepare our students for the future and this is what we must strive to accomplish in our classrooms, students who are creative, sharing thinkers.