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Posted by Melania Paduraru, 03/13/2011

The world is changed. I feel it in the classroom. I feel it in the materials. I smell it in the methods. Much that once was is lost, for few now live who remember it.

It began with the forging of the Great Nets. Three were given to the Governments, immortal, wisest and strongest of all beings. Seven to the Military, great craftsmen and warriors of the mountain halls. And nine, nine Nets were gifted to the race of Teachers, who, above all else, desire knowledge. But they were, all of them, deceived, for another Net was made. In the land of the States, in the fires of NASA, the Science Lords forged in secret an InterNet, to control all others. And into this InterNet they poured their creativity, their knowledge and their will to dominate all life. One InterNet to rule them all.

One by one, the free peoples of Earth fell to the power of the Internet. But there were some who resisted. A last alliance of Teachers and Governments marched against the armies of the Internet, and on the very slopes of the WWW, they fought for the long-forgotten freedom of Earth. Victory was near, but the power of the Internet could not be undone…

Adapted from “Lord of the Rings – The fellowship of the Ring”

The world of teaching is changing. The world of pupils and students as we know it is gradually becoming a mysterious realm. What can we do? Teachers are facing a renewed challenge: to adapt or not to adapt to these changes? Changing often sounds scary! Losing the old ways, the warmth of routines, getting off the beaten track and … learning??? … again??? …

We’re definitely going to become “digital immigrants” in this world of “digital natives” = our own children and students! There’s no other way!

“… the power of the Internet can not be undone! …”

Let’s start by getting to know “our enemy” and then we’ll make it work for us!

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