Tech in a Flat World
Teaching Your Students
Many in the United States see the challenges presented by an increasingly global economy as an opportunity Americans need to seize before it’s too late. Building connections—through online learning and a rigorous curriculum—is a must for today’s students.
Teaching Your Staff
We want our students to learn the skills needed for the 21st century, but who’s going to get them there? Our teachers, who, like the rest of us, are products of the 20th century. Overlooking teacher training on the effective use of technology is akin to Columbus sailing without a ship. So how can we help teachers step forward, not back? Professional development programs are critical, but the method of training is what truly matters.
Providing the Big Picture
For schools to be successful in a global economy, school leaders know that they must change the hearts and minds of the public, parents, staff, administrators, and school board members—especially those who grew up before globalization. Selling the public on your district’s 21st century needs is an onerous—but necessary—task.
The Future Is Flat
As schools struggle to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind and do more with less money, they could be forgiven for not immediately heeding the call for 21st century reform. But they should. The bottom line, according to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, is this: U.S. students should be well prepared for citizenship, work, and postsecondary education. And one thing is certain: Technology—not the tools, but knowing how to use them—will play a critical role.
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Reports and resources on technology in education.