Why is this on our site? One reaction to cyberbullying is ”keep technology out of the classroom.” We believe the opposite is true — get technology into the classroom, and teach kids to use it with social maturity.
Tony Vincent is a leading advocate of integrating technology into the classroom. He gets technology. He gets kids. He knows how to bring the two together for dynamic learning. If you haven’t taken the “lead” on technology at your school, the risk is greater that the students themselves will lead the way, and possibly into negative territory. Why not follow Tony’s example and challenge and engage them with technology in education and turn it around.
Tony Vincent began teaching fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska twelve years ago when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write their book reviews on Amazon.com. Later his students spent each school year adding to their classroom site, Planet 5th. They published writing, photos, journals, art, videos, and more. Planet 5th became so popular that it received thousands of hits from around the world. In 2004 worked with Willowdale Elementary teachers and students in grades kindergarten through five to integrate technology. He developed Radio WillowWeb in 2005, making it the first podcast from an American elementary school. Tony left regular teaching at Willowdale to become an independent consultant in 2006 to work with teachers and students from around the world. Tony co-wrote Handhelds for Teachers & Administrators, a book about handheld computers, iPods, and podcasting. He presents at educational conferences and travels to schools to deliver workshops to teachers and students, focusing on free and inexpensive learning and communication tools. His websites include Learning in Hand, TonyVincent.net, Our City Podcast, and the Arizona K12 Center Technology Blog.
For more blogs on technology and learning and others who are proponents of giving teens access to the positive uses of technology, see our blogs on: Dr. Tanya Byron, danah boyd, Dr. Robert Strom, Dr. Jenny Walker, cell phone classrooms, Togetherville, MTV, and Inkster’s learning how to turn cellphones from classroom nuisance to valuable learning tool .