As anyone who owns a laptop knows, you don’t really notice the internet until it isn’t there – until there is no wi-fi available or you’re out of 3G coverage. At this point your computer becomes a glorified typewriter and you suddenly realise your laptop is not as useful anymore.
The internet has reached such ubiquity that, much like electricity, we take it for granted.
Our students have been quick to exploit this ubiquity by incorporating the internet into the way they communicate and into their leisure activities. To them the internet is not so much an alternative cyber world, but rather an extension of the real world.
As a result, our students skills sets are changing right in front of our eyes faster than we can say digital natives.
Teachers, however, have been by and large slow to incorporate the internet into teaching and learning. Contrary to what one might initially assume, what prevents them from using the latest technologies isn’t lack of skills. More often than not, what really prevents teachers from using technology in the classroom is the fact that many of them remain pedagogically unconvinced of its benefits.
There are many reasons for remaining unconvinced – some very valid and others less so. But what these teachers all have in common is this: they have all failed to realise that the internet isn’t a transient fad they can afford to ignore.
The internet is here to stay.
What do you think?
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