Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Riding the Technological Wave of Change in Agricultural Education

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Riding the Technological Wave of Change in Agricultural Education

Article excerpt

In 2012, it is safe to say that everyone is familiar with the catch phrase: "We live in a digital society." Ever more so than in previous generations, the aforementioned axiom has often been of choice rather than necessity in agricultural education. Yes, many of us have implemented online-record book keeping and have changed out our VHS tapes with DVDs but the latest report given by the National Center for Education Statistics (2010) reveal that when it comes to incorporating technology into K-12 classrooms, agricultural educators rank near the bottom in interactive technology training, availability, and classroom use (NCES, 2010).

With these realities in mind, and the fact that technological advances seems to be the new trend in public education, teachers are now faced with an ever increasing challenge of keeping their students actively engaged using 2 1 5t century technologies. Blogs, Wikis, classroom response systems, and social networking sites are increasingly being integrated into secondary educational classrooms at a frantic pace. It is not to surprising to learn that a school district in Arizona invested $33 million dollars in educational technologies such as laptops and interactive screens in every classroom. Additionally, as advanced educational requirements leave students with fewer elective opportunities, it would be wise for agricultural educators to revisit their curriculums and devote more time in designing lessons and activities that will blend creative educational technology with traditional agricultural education methods. …

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