I am not so sure that why when living in the 21st century that we feel the need to justify using ICT in the classroom it should just be the norm.
“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion” (Lincoln, 2015, para. 4). In Abraham Lincoln address to the congress in 1862 he stated the above words and they really sum up how we should view ICT education and rise with it instead of complaining about it. Many times I have heard, you will never keep up to date there are just too many changes, students will always know more than the teacher regarding ICT, we don’t have the connectivity, we don’t have enough computers so why even try and the list of complaints go on. In attempting to complete my current ICT course I have found that if you rise with it then are you on a journey in which others can join and therefore learn with each other and from each other.
So far I have stumbled fell heavily, tripped fell lightly, walked and even run through this journey which I know will be never ending and so I salute the words of Lincoln and continue to rise with the occasion and learn I all can on embedding ICT into the classroom in order for students to walk into their next journey of working in the next century.
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and so I have found this great source of Abraham Lincoln’s quotes.
Hope you enjoy.
Lincoln, A. (2015). Abraham Lincoln online – speeches and writings. Retrieved May 1, 2016 from http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/congress.htm