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From one ISB to another

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In just a few hours I’ll be heading to the airport to start my 13 hour trip to Brussels, Belgium. For the rest of the week. I’ll be working specifically with the elementary teachers and having conversations about literacy today, and the use of laptops with elementary students. I’m excited to visit ISB-Brussels and have conversations with the educators there. Of course there is also the marking of my 33 country visited which puts me only one behind The Thinking Chick. 🙂

Reading their website about Preparing Students Today for the World of Tomorrow I’m excited to have conversations that revolve around these questions:

How do you prepare students for a world beyond school that never ceases to change and reinvent itself?  Furthermore, how can you tailor this experience to individual learners, whilst allowing them to be independent in their progression but also successful and competitive in a technology-centred world outside ISB?  The answer, we believe, is our Teaching and Learning with Technology project.

 
I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about once I get there…but first 13 hours of flight time.

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.

5 Comments

  1. We’re looking forward to welcoming you over here and hearing all of your great insights into teaching and learning with technology.

    Happy travelling,

    Tim Woods
    ITGS and Economics Teacher at the International School of Brussels

  2. Aren’t we preparing them for the world of today? I think we get into trouble as educators when we convince ourselves that our students live in some sort of time bubble when they leave school. We pretend that they don’t need to apply what they’re learning with us until “tomorrow.” That’s simply not true.

  3. We need to prepare our students for a world that may not exist in our reality today. When I was in school, I remember my technology teacher introducing a mouse to the class and we all laughed at him. If you provide students with skills that can be utilized in a multitude of different ways, their education becomes a transportable gift. The world can change and reinvent itself ten times over if we educate today’s students to think and become life long learners. . .that is how teaching and learning with technology can make a difference.

  4. “If you provide students with skills that can be utilized in a multitude of different ways, their education becomes a transportable gift.”

    I agree. But we do this by focusing on the skills they can use, not by focusing on a world that may not exist.

    I really do understand the idea of looking to the future, but, while we throw “prepare” around pretty consistently, we need to remember that our kids already live in a world and they need skills to live in that world.

    I don’t want to prepare for the future without building a foundation in the present.

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