Integrating Technology with the Classroom Experience: Learning and Leadership in the Internet Change World of Today
International Journal of Learning and Development
Today, in a changed world brought forth by the internet, questions arise on the matters of learning and leadership in educational institutions. To answer these questions, the inductive approach is taken up entailing the surfing of the internet to look for the relevant materials. Through the analysis done over a section of these materials, the following is found: the emergence of a new mode of learning and teaching with Web 2.0 tools; the development of new policies in the education system of a
... cation system of a number of countries; and, the multitude of challenges faced by those with interest in integrating technology with the classroom learning experience. The challenges of concern are internet access, teachers' education, teachers/lecturers modeling for the students, new additional skills or literacies and alternative paths in integrating technology with the classroom experience. Several forms of assistance could however be developed to help teachers/lecturers to bring technology into the classrooms. Also, to ensure smooth integration of technology in the classroom, the collaborative or shared leadership style appears to be the most appropriate for those concerned. 521 technology: more, better, faster. knowledge remains king: societies around the world will continue to compete for the gains of a knowledge economy. University systems will become more prominent and important. everything digital: business meetings, publications (newspapers, books) and information in general will continue to be digitized. Once RFID tags are prominent in all information and physical products, the internet of things will blend the digital with the physical. Digital is not simply an add-on to physical. It's a separate world. education: complex integrated societies and an economy based on knowledge will require continued education. Lifelong learningtouted for decadesis quickly becoming a reality for many individuals. Education will become more specialized, 522 raising the importance of cross-discipline conversations and information sharing. Siemens ended his expose on change by saying among others the following (Siemens, 2009b): Many more elements of change can be considered, but, for now, the above list provides a bit of an indication of what's happening. For educators, trainers, and others somehow involved in the field of learning, the big questions boils down to: so what? We know things are changing. What does it mean? What should I as an academic or learning and development leader do with the list you've provided? What is the core, the central element of change (assuming one even exists)? What does it mean? That's where I'm stuck, and it brings me to the start of this post: What possible metaphor can capture the impact of these many change elements on education? On learning and development? How should organizational leaders respond?