The video posted on YouTube by the Ontario College of Teachers is about using technology and social media within the classroom. The video is called Professional Advisory: Electronic Communication, Social Media from Ontario College of Teachers
If there's one thing I'm very thankful for is the progressive attitude that the OCT has for using technology within the classroom. It's true that if we can't avoid it, we should enjoy it or make it useful. OCT is realistic in their thinking. They are thinking about the future of the students as well as the teachers' role to prepare students for the future. Technology and social media will never die down. It will only become more dominant and widely used as time goes by. It's crucial that we as teachers are familiar with these things ourselves to be able to communicate with students how to use technology to benefit their growth. If we don't guide them, who will? Parents these days are tempted more than ever to spoil their children with the latest technology and cool gadgets. Therefore, it's so important that teachers 'Keep up with the times!'
It would be great, however, if the OCT could back up their beliefs a bit more.. There are currently many courses and Professional Development opportunities to familiarize yourself with the wide variety of technological tools that are out there, but it's hard to access them. Many schools are limited in their budget for new technology since it is pricey, and many times short lived (new technology is always on the rise). But it's still refreshing to know that the importance of technology incorporation in the classroom learning environment is prioritized, valued, and encouraged!
I'm glad to be a part of a forward thinking organization.