Learning in the 21st Century with Stevan Kalmon

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Rachel Bilys writes, Next generation speaker Stevan Kalmon began his talk on advanced technology with a hi-tech survey.

Next generation speaker Stevan Kalmon began his talk on advanced technology with a hi-tech survey.To answer the questions, remotes were given to teachers, but it turned out the gadgets didn’t work and they ended up doing the survey in the ” old fashioned” way by raising their hands. The questions ranged from asking if you were a regular YouTube user to knowing what “SecondLife” is, from writing or editing a Wikipedia entry to “Mashups”.He made a long interesting speech about teaching and how it should change. A media based change. He talked about things in technology and how it related to teaching or learning, how it’s changed and how much more it’s going to changed over the years.People were so interested and as I looked around the room everyone was listening intently. When I spoke to people after his speech some of them said, “The technology makes me feel old! I’m not sure what to make of it!” But when I think about how much the younger generations use technology in their regular lives I see how people who didn’t grow up with any or little technology would be surprised about the rise in use and how much more complex it is.At the end of the convention I asked some of the people a few questions. One of them, Chua Vue, said that she was a third grade teacher and loved to teach, and has been for seven years. Another woman was actually a newspaper director and was for twenty six years in Louisiana.While technology becomes the better part of our lives, Kalmon concluded students and teachers should begin to work together in their learning of our new inventions and become more comfortable with the subject.