I was thinking today as I was driving to a meeting on why so many teachers I work with are so hesitant to embrace current technological trends and use technology in their classrooms in facets other than glorified chalkboards and pencils and paper. When I returned home this evening I did some web browsing and searching aka “googling”, and found some interesting articles pertaining to this topic. One is a great resource called “dangerously-irrelevant”. It contains links to blogs and rss feeds that pertain to this topic. It seems that a lot of the contributors share my concern and frustration. I think that many educators seek out reasons to not use 21st century learning tools, instead of finding reasons to use them. What I mean is this, if I discuss with my fellow teachers how I have a day set aside where students listen to podcasts and find web articles about current events and then present their findings to each other in a discussion board online, many question why I am wasting valuable time teaching core content by doing “extra” activities. Just because the mode of instruction is less “traditional” and we, as a class do not have our noses in a book, does not mean it is an irrelevant activity. My students are engaged, communicating, asking empirical questions, voicing concerns and opinions, and providing feedback to each other. Is this not a justifiable classroom activity then? Comments anyone?