Agricultural Education Teachers in the 21st Century! Krystal Hyde Technology The basic concepts of teaching have not changed drastically in the past 150 years, however, the technologies associated with these concepts have changed radically. Today we have the Internet, smart phones, Facebook, distance education, and computer conferences to name a few. At the college level we are delivering many courses via distance education. I can only guess what the next twenty-five years will bring! Agriculture teachers at all levels need to consider how we can serve the students best in each of our schools that we are stationed within. We each have the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of the students we serve (Agriculture Education Magazine Vol83 iss6). Lets Google it! Students are not the same as there were 20 years ago! O Where will the future lead us? O How will technology effect agriculture? O How do we as agriculture teachers keep up with the O O O O changes in industry and business? How do we provide students with the skill needed to be successful in this ever changing world? What technology do agriculture teachers need to learn? How can agriculture teachers stay current on technologies when they are already limited on time? We must utilize technological advancements to increase our rate of learning new technologies! Educators who are comfortable with technology are more likely to incorporate it into classrooms! (Agriculture Education Magazine Vol83 Iss 3) How to apply technology in the classroom! O PowerPoint's (Visual) O Electronic gaming methods • Video games needs to be well integrated the same way a PowerPoint would be integrated with a lecture. O Majority of people have cell phones, why not utilize them for free in a classroom? • Allow students to use their free internet data plan to find answers and solutions if cellphones are permitted. O Connect through email and other social networks. • A handy recourse for sending and receiving information to provide more communication opportunities. Examples of technology uses. I use my phone to communicate with my professors via email. Students including myself use the internet on my phone our personal laptop for a search tool for questions brought up in class. “I’ll Google the answer!” One professor incorporated using our cellphones in a learning activity to “call in answers” during a review game session questionnaire. Using YouTube is a great visual tool to demonstrate how I can accomplish a assignment or task. I have played games electronics games that have some type of technical learning experience in them I use the internet all the time to do study and research on projects. I fragrantly type papers, construct PowerPoint presentations, and organize belongings using excel and other types of application software. Social Media Social media may not have many positive perception yet, however, it is still a expanding communication recourse. In refining these social media we utilize them in education to peek interest and enhance professional relationships among students. (Journal of Ag. Ed. Social Media) Distance and online learning is a great tool that is massively increasing. These types of social media are steadily growing. One may try Audio/video approaches that can improve in these areas. Research with have shown positive responses (Journal of Ag. Ed. Verbal Immediacy) Resources Click hyperlink for more info… The Agriculture Education Magazine Volume 83 Issue 6 May/June 2011 “Instructional Practices for 21st century Agricultural Education teachers” The Agriculture Education Magazine Volume 83 Issue 3 November/December 2010 “Using 21st century technology in the high school classroom “ Journal of Career and Technical Education Volume 48 Number 1 Spring 2011 “Using Gaming to Motivate Today’s Technology-Dependent Students” Journal of Agricultural Education Volume 53 Number 3 2012 “Technology Acceptance Related to Second Life™, Social Networking, Twitter™, and Content Management Systems: Are Agricultural Students Ready, Willing, and Able? “ Journal of Agricultural Education Volume 53 Number 3 2012 “Social Media in Education: The relationship Between Past Use and Current Perceptions” Journal of Agricultural Education Volume 53 Number 3 2012 “Verbal Immediacy and Audio/Video Technology Use in Online Course Delivery: What Do University Agricultural Education Students Think?