The power of technology is great. Biblical almost. Now millions of people can connect on singular topics and collaborate across continents instantaneously. This form of communication, collaboration, and creation are tantamount to the existence of our global community. With each incoming generation, the age difference from when they are taught how to use technology to when they use it socially and educationally is getting smaller and smaller. Recent articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and so on are discussing the facts that at the age of 4, most children can successfully access the internet. That is astonishing.
With all of this happening at such an incredible rate, is it not common sense that we as educators of this future adult generation must use current technology to reach these already technologically adept students? I believe so. As in all of the readings, the general summary is that those with a disability do not need to be excluded from society due to their “inability” to fit within the mainstream culture; rather, it is our duty (as citizens and educators) to introduce, educate, and elaborate on the technology currently available to these particular people.
It is basic fact now that we do not all learn the same way. So why is it that the archaic models of one for all education still seem to be the keystone of many educators classroom lessons? Lack of innovation in the classroom, disinterest of the current fad in educational technology, and a general fear of the unknown with that same technology all lend a hand to the growing gap of the educational have’s and have-not’s. By using past, present and even possible future technology in the classroom as either a whole or individually to specific students, one will be able to maximize the potential to observe the student’s true performance ability. If we continue to lead our classrooms with stubborn lesson plans that ignore current trends technologically (or imaginative modified low-technology) we are establishing a pattern of failure for this incredibly tech savvy population. In short, we are only creating a gap between those who can do (our students) and those who refuse to help (us as mentors, citizens, educators, etc.)