“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” (John Dewey)

In the 21st Century, teachers need to be lifelong learners in order to provide students with optimal learning opportunities.  I have just read an article in Tech and Culture entitled “Mindmap of Communication using Web 2.0.”  The author very successfully explains that “today’s students have many more modes of sharing information and demonstrating knowledge and today’s teachers have the opportunity, challenge and responsibility to use these various modes in order to prepare our students for their future.”  Communication and collaboration in the 21st Century is at our fingertips.  With Web 2.0 tools and cloud computing, students are provided with “audience and relevance as well as inclusion.” Even students who normally sit back in class are given the opportunity to become active members of the learning community and they are motivated to participate.  A student’s success in school and in life largely depends upon their ability to communicate and to collaborate with peers.   “Will Richardson writes in 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn: ‘although schools may continue to fundamentally look and act as they have for more than one hundred years, the way individuals learn has already been forever changed.’ “(Kae Cunningham)  Teacher’s need to harness to power of the Web and invest time and energy into mastering these concepts so that we may challenge our students to reach their highest potential and become contributing members of society in a world where technology is center stage.  The following link will take you to a Mind Map of some of the Web 2.0 tools that could be used to engage our students: http://mind42.com/mindmap/46aa18b2-6d57-4cfb-9328-99a11ef58167?rel=url .  The following link will take you to the complete article at http://technculture.edublogs.org/2013/02/15/mindmap-of-communication-using-web-2-0/#comment-2 .