21st Century Teacher

Originally Posted on April 28, 2013 by LearnWithGrace

“To iPad or not to iPad is a hefty question these days.”

I laughed when I came across this statement in article I read the other day, but its words ring true. As technology continues to improve, educators find themselves questioning how they might incorporate various tools like iPads, tablets, touch screen computers, and other devices into the classroom.

Technology is a way that we can increase our global competence. The concept of a “flipped classroom” has been made possible through current technological advancements.  As we have discussed in class, schools like Highland Park ISD are creating programs and curriculums to produce globally and technologically competent students. Some of the characteristics of this “Learner for the Future” is “a globally competent person” who:

  • is empathetic, compassionate & openminded
  • Has a diverse & knowledgeable world view
  • Exhibits cross-cultural sensitivity & adaptability
  • Communicates effectively in at least one language other than English
  • Interprets & responds to global issues with an understanding of how history, geography & economics shape out world.”


As future-teachers, we can no longer use the excuse of “I’m not technologically savvy” anymore. It’s not only our job to learn how to navigate various technological tools, it’s our job to start considering how we might be able to use them in our classrooms. We need so start brainstorming how we can successfully integrate technology in the classroom that enhances student learning. In particular, I believe that technology can help students gain a better understanding of what it means to be globally connected.

There are several resources available on the internet to help guide teachers in this process.Education Technology and Mobile Learning just recently released an article containing “6 Great Tech Question Charts for the 21st Century Teacher and Student.”


They introduce their article by stating, “Both teachers and students are now required to develop a proficiency with the use of technology tools and be able to leverage the power of web tools in their teaching and learning. As a matter of fact, web-based technology is becoming now something of the past as mobile technology is encroaching every facet of our life including education.”

At first, the idea of giving students devices such as iPads can seem rather daunting. Will the students be more distracted than engaged? To address these fears, Kip Rogers explains that there is a big difference between “using technology” and “technology integration.”

“True integration of technology happens when form supports function when the tools support the goals of the curriculum and assist students in reaching their instructional goals…It is not about technology, it is about what you can do with this technology that matters.”


He includes this chart to further explain the difference.

via 21st Century Teacher.


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