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What do we do with all this information. If 0.01% is only in print and we do not have access to digital information?

Are we asking this question in every lesson that we teach: “Is this preparing our students for THEIR future?”

To be literate today mean more than being able to read. It means being a “digital detective”

Make numbers tell there story…I struggle with helping math teachers to integrate technology. What I need to remember is “how do we make these numbers tell their story?” No matter what the math subject, numbers have a story…as an educator our job is to find ways to engage students in helping to have numbers tell their story.

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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

2 Comments

  1. The next major step for education, maybe beginning as IB course at SAS or as an actual degree plan at the university level is the development of formal digital research. In the future the best business degree will not be the MBA rather a degree in Research. The dream that you “can be anything” becomes reality for those who can do the research…maybe not “be anything” but definitely “learn anything.” Future employers will expect students not to know everything about everything but they better know how to find out anything and find it fast. Digital detectives.

  2. I understand your point regarding the need to offer training in specific skills that the future (and current?) job market will necessitate. It does make me wonder however if this is taking technological skills integration/education a bit too far.

    Part of me believes that there is not much difference between the class you describe and the “old school” ways of teaching that focused on preparing a productive work force as opposed to a creative and compassionate human being.

    I understand that, once acquired, technology skills will presumably evolve into additional marketable skills. I worry though that these “skilled” workers will be replaced by technology and suffer the same fate as the formerly “skilled” workers of the industrial age.

    Technology can definitely be used as a tool to make a teacher’s curriculum more relevant. However, It seems to me that before additional classes are created to teach specific “skills,” schools should continue to develop classes and curriculum that teach our students how to think with compassion, empathy, analysis, and creativity; as opposed to teach them how to manipulate another machine.

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