It was suggested by a coworker that I participate in 23 Things because I am a new teacher who is moderately tech-savvy. I'm already familiar with many of the "things" we will be learning about, but I lack the ideas on how to implement the technology into the classroom.
Thing 1 was interesting, but contained very little new information for me. I've heard many of those statistics before, and I often find myself disagreeing with many of the assumptions made by the argument that technology is the only way to teach today's youth.
The biggest problem I'm worried about with my students is that many of them do not have access to technology (cell phones, computers, high speed internet, etc) and would be left out of curriculum changes based on the assumption that they do. Secondly, those that do have limited access to technology often have little more than a casual understanding of how to use it. For example, students might be familiar with how to use a word processor on a computer, but often lack the ability to properly type in a URL and rely on Google to find the websites they need. Finally, the assumption that simply integrating technology into a class will somehow magically transform students into self motivated learners is the most troubling for me. I worry that the huge time investment this kind of curriculum requires carries an enormous risk of backfiring if not successful. By that I mean, after spending days or weeks of a technology-related project, if students fail to take it seriously, then we simply lose that much classroom time.
I realize it may sound as though I'm entering this project with the preconceived notion that it will not work. I'm hoping to gain valuable knowledge here that I may be able to use in the future, or with certain classes that are mature enough to handle the increased responsibility.
Finally, I've kept and maintained a private blog for years. About 2 months into my student teaching experience, my students found it and I was forced to take steps to "privatize" my online self. Even now, I have to be concerned with what I write for fear of what coworkers who are reading may see. I don't worry too much about repercussions from my administration because I am careful with what I am putting online, but I do worry about how our society feels that a person's private online life can be applied to their professional performance.