Twenty-First Century educators are facing a battle over something younger than we are... Technology. More technology is introduced everyday and we are struggling to keep up, but it is one of the best tools we have for reaching our students which makes it worth the fight. We are teaching a new generation of students to use tools that we, ourselves have little and in some cases no experience with, and about the time we learn the ins and outs of the new technology (software, websites, apps, gadgets, or otherwise) something new and better comes along.
While I am a proponent of new technology and strive to find better ways to implement it in my classroom, I find that I, myself, sometimes have a hard time staying ahead of the curve. It can be difficult to find time to learn new programs and especially the time to teach it to our students. Students should be utilizing the newest technology and familiarizing themselves with all that technology has to offer, but many educators don't have the time, the money, the want-to, or maybe the know-how to keep up with the fast pace that technology has set.
Teacher Leaders are needed to guide them, collaborate, assist them and encourage them to take the time to use every piece of quality technology available to us. In order to best educate our 21st Century students and provide them with a world where everything and everyone are within their reach, 21st Century educators must remain 21st Century Learners.