If you've been following my story at all while working at a private Chinese school, you know we're doing what we can to educate students in EFL. A key component missing though is the technology that society, including particularly our students, have moved forward with.
The iStudents need to be guided by iTeachers.
Thus, what Mark Barnes touches on in Teaching the iStudent includes particular websites/apps to use and how, ways the relationships with his students were transformed powerfully, and what to do when you feel like you're the lone wolf. In implementing mobile devices and social media in the classroom, one can feel remote. But when it's for the students, it is worth it! Barnes sets one's spark to flame with his passion for moving forward and changing the ways traditions have beset the education system.
This book led me to follow him on Twitter (@markbarnes19) and watch a TED talk given by him about Teachers Throwing Out Grades (#TTOG). Intriguing the say the least, as now I have another modern issue to ponder.
If you or someone you know is passionate about education or teaching, suggest Teaching the iStudent and tell them they are on the path to being different.