Re: Web 3D: Students Using OpenSim Reflect On the Pressing Issues That We All Ask About Using Virtual Worlds

We can get caught in the whirlwind of technologies and scramble to appease the tech-savvy student, but we educators must be mindful of the lessons we construct and their implications to their learning. Technology is one consideration upon our plates and it needs to be prepared and served in such a manner that it is satisfying and enjoyable. Our current ICT training strategy seems to consider that we all share the same competencies, level of progression, subject areas, and interests. Current forms of professional development are not manifesting in classroom practice and we can't rush to engage the same failing approach by reforming our professional development strategies regarding technology integration (Sugar, 2005). Training in ICT and ICT integration should not progress beyond the ability of the individual and should align to their interests and needs (Glazer et al, 2005). Yes, it is tempting to begin learning how to work with a myriad of technologies to put them in to our classes. I believe that our technological competencies are as varied as our students' and we shouldn't allow the digital divide threat distract us from other educational concerns.

Glazer, E., M. Hannafin & L. Song (2005). Promoting Technology Integration Through Collaborative Apprenticeship. Education Technology Research & Development, Vol. 53, No. 4, 2005, pp. 57–67.

Sugar, William (2005).  Instructional Technologist as a Coach: Impact of a Situated Professional Development Program on Teachers' Technology Use. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 13(4), 547-571. [Comment] [Permalink]