One of the biggest shifts the internet has caused in classrooms is the emphasis on what should be taught. With facts readily available on line it no longer makes sense to teach students to memorize content. Students recognize that they will always be able to look things up (outside of school) and teachers should as well. As teachers our emphasis should now be on teaching students how to evaluate information and to solve more complex problems.This is a good shift because: solving problems requires a much deeper level of thinking than mere recall and it trains students better for life outside of school.
The internet has also dispelled the idea that learning has to happen in a classroom, from a teacher. I personally have learned a lot about things I am interested in just by reading about them or watching videos online and I know my students do the same thing. These interests may not all be aligned to the common core state standards but the fact remains that learning can and does happen online. Additionally people using the internet are often learning from and teaching each other as opposed to seeking out those who would traditionally be considered experts to teach them.
Many teachers who are aware of the power the internet offers have begun the process of “flipping” their classrooms allowing students to get the “notes” at home and spend face-to-face time engaged in problem solving. The issue, of course with flipping a classroom is that it requires students to actually do their homework which is often a struggle. I think though that if a teacher worked to make their presentations engaging and relevant students would watch them.
I’ve mentioned before that I love the idea of using the tools technology provides to help my students learn more but am still working on fully implementing that into my classes. I’m hoping to make some progress in the coming months but I feel like it’s always going to be something I am trying to improve.