Can We PLEASE Quit Calling Teachers Digital Immigrants?

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Reposted from the Center for Teaching Quality:

“Calling teachers digital immigrants and students digital natives inadvertently lets teachers off the hook. “I’m just not tech savvy,” becomes a ready-made excuse for refusing to embrace practices that CAN make learning spaces more meaningful and efficient. But it’s an excuse that is reinforced every time that a futurist or visionary stands in front of audiences and argues that kids ALWAYS know more about technology and teachers are ALWAYS at a disadvantage in a digital world.

The truth is that no matter how savvy we think they are, today’s kids rarely see the power in the digital tools that they’ve embraced. Need proof? Turn ’em loose in a room full of technology for an entire day and watch what they do with it. Chances are their choices won’t impress you.

Moving them forward takes the support and guidance of people who understand learning — and who can find ways to use new tools to make learning more efficient and effective.”

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