The Great Disconnect
Going into today’s classrooms is like taking a step back in time. For students who have been born into the high tech world, and for parents who have adopted it, there’s a huge disconnect between the classroom and the outside world.
If the classroom is to prepare students for real life and real careers, it must adapt to this exciting new (or not so new!) world of technology. Computers and the Internet cannot be limited to the “computer room,” where, in a best-case scenario, children use them a few hours each week.
Adapting To A Technology-Focused World
Technology has become an integral part of our everyday life and there’s no stopping this process. How can we, as teachers and as parents, hope to see our kids flourish in this technology- based world when, for 12 years of traditional schooling, they get so little exposure to it?
Avatar Storytellers is one great way educators can bring technology into the classroom, and bring the classroom into the 21st century. It is the first multi-player online educational virtual world, designed specifically for k-12 students. The engaging virtual world educational curricula allows students to create 3D digital stories inside immersive virtual worlds, using a custom avatar system. Avatar Storytellers allows you to engage your K-12 students in virtual worlds for learning, while teaching them valuable 21st Century computer and technology skills.
The Importance of Creating
Bringing the classroom into the 21st century is not just about using technology as an integral part of the learning process. It is also about moving away from traditional schooling which focuses on passive learning and on memorizing. Instead, the 21st century educator should focus on active learning and on higher order thinking skills. Above all, they should emphasize creating.