About 4 years ago, I was your typical teacher. I was teaching 5th grade and I was pretty good at integrating technology into my classroom. I was always looking for "new, shiny toys" for the classroom and I had gotten very good at being able to show my students "an inch deep" about how to use most forms of technology to help them in their daily classroom lives.
Then, I was introduced to a video created by Erik Qualman (@equalman) called "The Social Media Revolution" and I knew I had to concentrate in one particular area of technology and it's future in education: Social Media. Before I go any further, look at the video that he did back in 2011:
This video and the facts within it are now 5 years out of date, but they were staggering to me even then!
Here's a few new facts that have been updated since this video
Facebook users could now be the largest country in the world, even in front of China!
LinkedIn's age limit has been lowered to 13 (yes, that's correct....13!)
53% of Millennials surveyed would rather lose their sense of smell than their technology (I would be one of those!)
More people own a mobile device than a toothbrush!
Take a look at the latest updated video, complete January 2015:
These are the many reasons I changed from teaching my students and co-workers about all forms of technology and concentrated on Social Media in the classroom.
I believe this is the future of education and you're either onboard or the train will drag you along unwillingly....there is no going back!
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Technology Integration Specialist
Port Huron Schools
810-388-0363 ext. 4018
After more than 25 years in both the Corporate I.T. world and the Educational Community, I have many thoughts on what the current/future trends in Ed Tech will be. This is my page dedicated to those thoughts and tips.