It has been said over again that we cannot teach today's children the way we used to. Sitting in rows, taking out a 500 page textbook, reading a chapter then answering the odd number questions is out. It's almost like today's children need to point and click.
My daily practice includes 3 online programs. The first is a language arts program (iRead) where students K-2 create their own avatar and read their way from classroom to classroom earning badges along the way to upgrade their avatar until they complete the level. The next is math program that is set up like a video game (ST Math) where students K-5 are a penguin named Gigi that problem solves through exploration because there is no verbal or written language all while trying not loose 1 of the 3 lives given per level. The final website is actually an expansion of our Language Arts Curriculum (Benchmark) where my class can explore whole group or individual; read alouds, informational videos, sight word songs and or grammar/spelling games. Every opportunity I have to not teach "the old school" way I use.
I believe it's key for a district/school to invest in it's teachers. Through trainings, workshops, key note speakers and a descent salary the message is we care and we want the best for our teachers and our students. Another important part is access to technology. To move forward we must have the proper tools.