Adapting the Classroom for the Digital Future Series – Finding the Medium

As a teacher I face some strong competition for my student’s attention. The pervasive nature of social media and video games play a large role in the modern child’s cognitive and social development. With Moore’s law in full effect, I wonder how we as teachers will keep up without becoming exasperated and antiquated? Without a doubt, teachers will need continued exposure, develop understanding, and make adaptations to prepare their classrooms for the digital future.

The medium is the message. Only some of the best and bravest teachers will adapt a Shakespearean romance to hook a group of disinterested middle school students. These teachers are loyal and stay true to the authenticity of the text while choosing the medium that speaks best to their students. An adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” in the digital reality of the GTA V multiplayer mod using characters, settings, and dialogue authentic to the text will surely capture the attention of a certain demographic. There’s something to be said about being able to speak their language. I find that with the right medium comes the strongest engagement, which opens the door for creativity and imagination driven by productivity.

Perhaps finding the happy medium will help educators begin to bridge some of the biggest gaps in education including topics from financial literacy to higher order thinking skills.