Technology and Education: Part 1
Over the past couple of days, I have had or been a part of conversations about the role of technology in education with our department chair team, our district's Common Core State Standards math team, and with individual colleagues. It really has been a great dialogue.
Rewind to December 8, I attended 21st Century Skills Ohio – Summit 2.5, http://21stohio.org/. Karl Fish, Daniel Pink, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Ewan McIntosh, and Christian Long provided some moving conversations about the future of education and what our schools should embody. Karl Fisch and other speakers discussed the importance of students being global citizens who can produce, consume, and be literate in multiple mediums. Further, Mr. Fisch stated that social media should be seamlessly intertwined into student learning. One could have easily walked away from this conference assuming it was all about integrating technology into the curriculum. On the contrary, it was about how do we, as educators, design and facilitate learning that prepares students to be college and career ready, technology is just a piece of the puzzle.
Returning to the great dialogue, it's exciting to see colleagues taking or preparing to take some creative, yet calculated risks to engage students with technology in new ways.