Reading chapter one of Personal Learning Networks leaves me stunned with the realization that we truly are moving towards a fully digital world. The authors of the book Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli state " We all may not feel comfortable living in a digital world, creating and sharing digital products, but there's no doubt the world is moving in that direction, and fast." I could not agree more with this statement for many reasons.
I personally do not love the idea of living in a world where I can not hold my homework paper with my own two hands, or write on it with pencil or pen. I do not like worrying that just because the computer says "submission sent successfully" it got lost somewhere on the web. But the cold hard truth is that we are moving towards this digitalized future at the speed of light wheather we like it or not. However, this digital technology does open many more doors. We now have the ability to work outside of our offices, teach outside of our schools, learn outside of our classrooms, all of these things which may be outside of our comfort zones. With this unescapable fate of a digital future, we are not only faced with new ways to learn things, but also new people to learn things from. We will have the ability to teach our students things that we ourselves may have been unaware of had we not had access to the internet.
The text then explains how students will be LEARNERS and have the ability to share their knowledge with others on the internet. This technology that will be in our future classrooms will allow us to create and share information with other classrooms, students, and teachers. This chapter focused mainly on positive things that learning networks and technology as a whole can bring to the table. I believe that this is our inevitable future that we are speeding towards and that one day each classroom will have a digital theme. This digital future means things like engaging classrooms and interactive learning.
The past was black and white; A black board, white chalk, equipped with student in seat. This will not be the future of our schools. Schools wheather we like it or not will be full of technology and the students in it will have access to learning things outside of their schools walls.