“In a world where media is global, social, ubiquitous and cheap. In a world of media where the former audience are now increasingly full participants. In that world media is less and less often about crafting a single message to be consumed by individuals. It is more and more often a way creating an environment for convening and supporting groups”
The question we all face now, is how can we make best use of this media – even though it means changing the way, we’ve always done it”
When I watch myself teaching from just 18 months ago, and with all of the PIDP almost complete, these statements have never been more pertinent; I cringe at my naivety. The possibilities are literally endless, the internet is so vast and our students have never been so ‘hyperconnected’…how foolish would we as educators be to not explore its offerings…to explore how we can harness its connectivity. Lets be honest, the student will always be one step ahead when it comes to its potential, but working towards these goals, if nothing else, increases our legitimacy, efficiency, and consequently respect as a modern educator. It allows the student to utilize the virtual world many are accustomed to. Our duty is to promote the ideas, concepts, lessons and a positive learning space in the online environment, as we would in the traditional classroom.
How? That’s up to our imaginations.