Are you a member of Edmodo? That is, are you one of the 51 million educators who participate in this virtual “Facebook for schools”?
I used to think that Edmodo was strictly about connecting to share ideas. But I was wrong. According to Michael Godsey in the Atlantic article I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around (“When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher”), Edmodo also offers lesson plans on a wide range of topics, Khan Academy videos, famous speeches and interactive games. As the Edmodo CEO explains: “We want to do for teacher resources what Netflix does for movies,” according to EdSurge.
So, given how easy it is to find myriad free resources, you will have more time to plan and organize your lessons then when you had to create everything from scratch. You will also have more time to individualize your lessons for your particular group(s) of students. That sounds pretty good to me.
So, while it’s true that these online tools have considerably more bandwidth than individual teachers, we needn’t feel that we’re pitted against them in doing our jobs. We are not David; they are not Goliath.
The debate harks back to what Nic and I always say about integrating new technology. It’s all about the tools, know-how, and mindset. Awe-inspiring resources, such as the ones Godsey highlights in his article, can make us or break us as educators. We need to access them, learn how to use them, and remember that we’re in control. We have a very specific type of expertise as educators. In the end, we need to have the final say on how, and when, and with which students, we adapt digital tools to transform learning. Let’s see a robot do that!
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