“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period.” – April Chamberlain
Access to the internet brings more opportunities to the classroom and to learning than a classroom has had in the past. Being able to access information that might answer your immediate question or curiosity is much more rewarding than having to wait until you can visit the school or community library, even if the information you seek is available in that location. I would agree with Chamberlain’s statement that it isn’t necessarily that the curriculum has to change, but rather in how students interact with the curriculum that maintains their engagement. But using technology can’t seem like an afterthought. It needs to be just another tool or option that students have access to in order to fulfill a learning objective.