Technology alone won’t be enough to improve teaching and learning to where it needs to be for 21st century skills. Where it is being done successfully, teachers collectively share a vision of promoting deeper learning in all their students, and have collaboratively redesigned the role of the teacher to that of facilitator who uses technology as a tool in their educational aims. As facilitators, teachers become learning strategists as they constantly plan ways to enable students to master complex content knowledge and develop their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills
"Many teachers are making the foray into using social media with their students. I am at the point of ‘dipping’ my toe in. There’s a number of things I’ve learned, and found out, as I have started tweeting to students and wanted to collect my thoughts on keys in beginning this path."
This might work, with some tweaks, for final essay "Students: Tell us how you use Facebook. (And if you’re not on Facebook, please tell us why.) What do you usually do on Facebook? How much time do you usually spend on it in a typical day? Do you ever worry about your privacy or take steps to protect it? Do you often multitask, switching between using Facebook and doing homework or studying? What do you think about the findings about how specific activities on Facebook, like posting and viewing photos, correlate with things like grades and engagement in student activities? Do these findings apply to you?"
"What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of using technology for learning? Are tech tools essentials, distractions or somewhere in between? How are other teachers using technology? What tech skills do today’s teachers need to use digital tools effectively?
We present a collection of Learning Network resources, Times multimedia and articles and useful outside links to help both digital immigrants and digital natives think through these questions."
"Our first Digital Discussion for all students will be about your Digital Footprint.
Digital Footprint -- Wikipedia defines a digital footprint as the data trail left by all your digital transactions, across devices and applications. What does your digital footprint look like? Does it really matter?"