I am so interested in having a discussion regarding the above title according to the following questions

1. How to bridge the gap between the rapid world of technology and our schools?

2. what are the 21 century skills needed for a teacher?

3.What should  teachers  know?

4.What shoud we do for the existing experienced teachers?i.e how to develop their skills and competences?

5.What are the characteristics of  curriculum?

6.What is the role of both teacher and student in the instruction?

7. How to integrate ICT in education? 

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Estamos en un momento muy difícil para los docentes, pues el mundo a avanzado mucho y las TIC y nuestros alumnos con ello. Los docentes debemos ponernos en marcha ya y no dejar que nuestros alumnos nos superen. Integrar las TIC es fácil si se tienen ganas. 

@ M. Magdalena- I think I understood you, pero mi Español no es muy bueno. I agree that we need to move forward. Technology is changing the world, so education must change as well. My 4th graders are in the midst of an iPad pilot year and the teaching and learning that occurs in my class have been greatly transformed. And what is more exciting (or scary at times) is that I know this is just the beginning of the transformation! Next year I'll be ready for more changes. But the best part of all are the changes that come from the students. They have been amazing!

Por aquí se empieza, enhorabuena y a seguir así. 

Great,can you please detail how you apply iPad in classroom?

I am in the midst of a great project with my 4th graders.  We have notebooks where we create a page for each literary term, writing term or procedure, and parts of speech.  As I teach each term we create a page with some sort of interactive flap, fold, flip, etc.  There is also a QR code, at least one, that links to a video or resource to go with that term.  Since the kids are familiar with process I have now put it on them to teach.  I paired up the students and gave each partnership a term.  They are now responsible for researching the term, developing a page for the notebook complete with web resources, and then teach the rest of the class.  Their lesson will include either a screencast, iMovie, or Nearpod presentation that they will create.  The math teacher has done the same in her class.

I have made sets of videos for writing that include, basic organization, creating a hook, using transitions, improving word choice, etc. that we use for flipped lessons in the beginning of the year.  As we are working on a writing assignments later, I can then direct each student to the video that best suits the need of their specific writing piece.  Each student gets to review the lesson that will best benefit their writing at the time.

In social studies the students created a cartoon in Toontastic about a fictional character from a Native American group who would have lived 600 years ago.   They created the background and the cartoon characters, then used them to tell about the culture and what a day might have been like for that character.  Each student had a different tribe and so taught the rest of the class about that group.  This was part of their larger project comparing how the differences in available natural resources affected the culture of the people who lived there.

In language arts we turned an essay into an ebook which the students published and shared with others via a link in their Dropbox account.  This was powerful because they narrated each page, including the recording in the book.  Family and friends were able to download the book and have their own copy.

We are in the midst of making sure that the major projects, and some other work samples, are being curated in a digital portfolio in Google Drive.

With my first graders we have used screencasting apps such as Educreations and Screen Chomp for reading comprehension assessments that they show to the rest of the class in order to share what they read in reading groups.  We are also using the Explain Everything app, because it has a pointer, to record fluency assessments that can then be used by the teacher, the student, and the parents.  It is especially powerful for the students to hear themselves.

Both classes are blogging with personal reflection blogs for each student through our class page on Kid Blog.  This has been the best yet for getting students to use proper punctuation and capitalization since they know that so many other people are reading their work.

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