I feel that perhaps in naming this blog Technology in Education, for the Future, I was not taking into consideration that the future is now. What I’ve been able to learn as I read, “Navigating the Digital Rapids”, was that there is already so much of a conscious awareness on the part of teachers that the technology that is present today needs to be a part of the day to day class environment. That this day to day environment has to be flexible and not stagnate, or unyielding. New technology can then be incorporated into the lesson plan, and have the capacity to bring about change. Teachers are also coming together to teach class to students were they are teaching using a virtual class lesson plan. Both student and teacher are exposed to digital learning by giving them both an opportunity to use digital tools. Already in this instance NETS-T is being addressed; where innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments is used. Administrators are giving teachers the support that they need to encourage teachers to conduct these classes.
“Navigating the Digital Rapids”, means just that navigating, it means that lesson plans need to be set up so that digital tools can be used within the lesson plan. The analogy that the authors’ use, help to describe just what to expect when you embark on this mission. It’s helpful to know that in the beginning you might first face difficulty with the digital tools but that eventually with practice and patience you can become familiar with the technology.