I just watched another TeacherTube video about the "digital generation," (Digital Students @ Analog Schools
)and as I watched I had two recurring thoughts: that my colleagues who are already nervous about the new fangled WWW are going to be even more put off by Web 2.0; and that this is too bad, because the younger students who have now gone digital could still benefit greatly from our professional accompanyment on their trip! (Not to mention that we teaching professionals still might be able to learn a thing or two from our students!)
The video I watched most recenlty was basically a sequence of interview clips, of students telling the viewer, "We are visually oriented. Don't keep teaching to us in the old lecture format. You're going to lose us." The fear among longtime teaching professionals, who may remember long hours of reading actual books and writing endless papers in grad school, and listening to at least one important lecture in their college career (!!!), is that something important may be in danger of being lost in all this flashy, fast-paced Digiversity.
My response--and challenge--to my colleagues: So let's have some fun learning the technology, and let's take a serious look at what we might be afraid of losing from past models and approaches to teaching, and then let's bring the two together. (Could be fun, besides!)