I guess my students learn everywhere and they do it in many ways. They learn when I give them a conversation task to do, when they do a grammar based activity. They also learn while surfing the web, when they connect to peers and with their teachers.
The curriculum does not provide much tech-richness. What we teachers need to do is to adapt our curriculum to include some tech-rich ingredients.
I have been using the internet with my students mainly to create virtual classes. I try to create spaces where they can apply what they aready know to improve their language skills. Although, I am mostly happy with my results, I still feel I need to do something extra to empower them, to connect them better, to enhance their learning with these tools. I am still looking for ways of improving what I have been doing.
I guess what I am still trying to do is to turn my 21st classroom into a learning engine . I would say that this is the philosopher’s stone I have been looking for. I am sure I will find it some day.
I guess that despite the barrier of time, I am engaging my students. I keep trying and I like what I see.