Remember Sunday mornings BC (Before Children) lying in bed with a coffee, a nice novel, maybe a Sunday paper, listening to the radio (how C20 is that!) and slowly deciding how to spend the day? If you do, good for you. If you’re yet to go there, forewarned is forearmed.
This blog was conceived early one Sunday morning after a long night caring for a coup inflicted three year old. The good news about being up early, even after a night’s broken sleep, is occasionally you have an odd moment of clarity. I did.
As a student teacher, I’m acutely aware of the ever changing face of C21 classrooms and of the importance of preparing students for life beyond school. In just under two months, I’ve been challenged to think about what “lifelong learning” means, been presented with data on teenage reading that many educators would find depressing and learned that beyond the mere existence of digital technologies, our entire concept of learning is undergoing a paradigm shift. Enter media literacy.
Still with me? It’s a lot to take in. Especially at 8am on a Sunday.
So I’m writing it down. For me and for you. And in true C21 style, I’m blogging my discoveries to share them with those with similar interests. As much as possible I’m going to “walk the talk” and try out any applications, tools and devices I discuss. I’ll also bring up topical issues and analyse them as best I can based on 17 years work in the news media and PR married with my newbie status as a wannabe educator.
And in the spirit of these educational times, I’m hoping this will be a collaboartive journey. Edu-speak aside, I welcome your feedback!