One thing that has become blaringly obvious to me over the last few years is the need to be up-to-date with technologies. Everything seems to be going digital, from banking to social networking to university studies.
Keeping up-to-date is particularly important for teachers. We need to be confident in our use of ICT so that we can put our knowledge and practice into teaching our children. Forecasts for the future look very digital. As Steward Riddle (Senior Lecture at USQ) has mentioned in his article for The Conversation, within the next 2-3 years at least 50% of Australian workers will need to be able to use and/or create digital systems to keep their jobs. Riddle goes on to say that computers will replace around 40% of the workforce in the next 10 to 15 years.
This puts a lot of responsibility onto our kids to be ready for the future. As their teachers, we need to make them so.
We cannot achieve this if we ourselves become ‘signs of the times’ and let our abilities in ICT remain static. We mustn’t allow ourselves to become digital dinosaurs.