At present I am working as ICT coordinator. I am supposed to help teachers to use Web 2.0 tools in their ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and it is not an easy task! I have to deal with two problems:
1- Students are already motivated to use digital technologies because they belong to the "thumb" or "digital" generation, but they think they are only going to play intereactive games at the computing lab. In Argentina, Digital natives associate Internet with having fun: chatting with friends and playing interactive games since the school has not incorporated computers and the Interenet as a learning tool, so I have to make them realise that we are going to work and practise the Second Language (SL) - English in this case- using computers. I mean, our aim is learning using technology.
2-On the other hand, teachers are still "digital immigrants" and they are , in a way, reluctant to include computing and the use of Internet in their classes. :-( Some of them are completely technophobes and others are a bit interested but they do not have a clear idea how to use the Web 2.0 tools and are "tied" to ready made material Cd-ROM.
I am facing two different situations, let's see how I will cope with them. If you read this article, please leave a comment about the situation in your place.
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