The Next Generation and what a different learning curve they will be experiencing, hit me smack in the face and nearly knocked me to the ground. My mother needed help with her computer, my mother has a laptop and she tries to stay current. While I was helping her retrieve documents that accidentally got saved into Microsoft Works, rather than Word... and finding her deleted address book, I had an epiphany. Yes, my mother's generation grew up with a mailman, my generation grew up with email and this new generation is growing up with, well, who can keep up? We don't even speak the same language anymore. What will the future classroom look like, will it be student centered, will critical thinking and creativity be fostered, will the assessments be authentic?
When I was struggling with my mother's dinosaur of a computer and not able to quickly restore my mother's world, I asked my sister to take over. You see, I'm an Apple Girl through and through, always have been and always will. I was struggling because I forgot all about the right click thing that aids and assists the Microsoft World. My sister very matter-of-factly pointed out this feature as her workplace is still PC. I say still because I really do think that Apple will again rule the world one day. While my sister was right clicking I was checking my email on my iPhone and realized that I needed to post a review for TWA. It was written, edited, linked, and ready to go - in the queue, so to speak. The developer had sent me an email asking when the review would be live and my response was to say to my mother, "I'll be right back, I've got to go post something."
Long story short, I ran home, did what I needed to do and headed straight back. When I returned and inquired as to the progress with the address book, my sister asked, "What did you need to mail?" Mail? Well, yes... "Mom said you went to the post office." Post office? No. We laughed and laughed and simultaneously realized that the word post had taken on yet another meaning. BTW, that stamp for 1/2 cent came out in the year I was born.
Think about how many new words you've heard in just the last six months to a year. Were you planning infographics for your students to kick off the school year, a year ago? Doubt it, watch this video on Kathy Shrock's site about this very topic. Or, as a student were you seriously considering handing your homework in via eBackpack? Was nearpod in your repertoire of tools or were you seriously contemplating the effective use of social media in the classroom? Skype was not a word until recently and is a great tool for making connections. Jeff Dunn goes as far as saying that there’s a "pantload of interesting ways!" to use Skype, he lists 50!
Lots to take in, digest, and act upon. Where do we start? Well, I'm going to go post this blog before I go to the post office to buy my mom some stamps?