Chapter 1: How is Education Changing?
During the Industrial Revolution our public schools were designed to offer a standard academic program to enormous numbers of students. That period began over 150 years ago. In chapter one the authors, Collins and Halverson, point out the following trends which seem to be leading change in the course and direction of education.
“People around the world are taking their education out of school into homes, libraries, Internet cafes, and workplaces, where they can decide what they want to learn, when they want to learn, and how they want to learn…
Children raised on new media technologies are less patient with filling out worksheets and listening to lectures…
We see seeds of a new education system forming in the rapid growth of new learning alternatives, such as home schooling, learning centers, workplace learning, and distance education”
Collins and Halverson present a historical perspective on the relation of schooling, learning, and technology. The age of the Knowledge Revolution is changing the way we produce, consume, communicate, and think with new technologies including but not limited to video, computers, and networks. Life-long learning is now the norm.
Please join this conversation and share your perspective on schooling, learning, and technology. How can we make education serve the needs of the 21st century?
Chapter 2: The Technology Enthusiasts’ Argument
Is our world out of sync? “Enthusiasts argue that trying to prepare students for the 21st century with 19th century technology is like teaching people to fly a rocket ship by having them ride a bike.” Who could disagree with this statement?
How we think and how we communicate is forever changing. “Computer technologies are changing the very ways we think and make sense of the world.” Education must meet the needs of our future workforce by preparing students to understand, use, and produce with a “new set of power tools.” We live in a multimedia rich world of text, graphics, photos, videos, emails, animations, simulations, social networking sites and visual displays of data. “Workers will need to understand and produce in all these different communication media.” Again who can argue with these thoughts? We need a plan for the integration of technology into the curriculum. Simply buying more technology and placing it in our schools will not put the world in sync. We need a plan for these interventions.
“Many teachers are beginning to use learning management sites, such as Moodle, to create new opportunities for students to interact and do homework, and blogs to reflect on lessons as they are taught. Technology enthusiasts want schools to embrace the possibilities of new technologies in the many ways that are occurring outside of school.”
The authors of this book quote the work of Charles Stallard and Julie Cocker in their book The Promise of Technology in Schools. They “envision that 10 years from now people will have their own computer-based personal learning assistants, which store records about their learning history in order to guide their learning.”
“Skeptics have argued that schools lack the resources, the training, the will, and the skill to change the fundamental practices of teaching and learning. “ Do you find schools reluctant to change what they do?
This discussion is still worth keeping on the table! I do believe we need to rethink education because technology is not just the wave of the future it is clearly here in the present. Many teachers and districts are still afraid to use technology not to mention their students. Some schools are still trying to convert chalkboards into whiteboards. We have got to get over how we learned years ago. Participating in Intel training is clearly a great start and should be a requirement for all of todays educators.
Latina I completely agree. I could not imagine trying to teach a child technology in todays world if I can barely work the computer in the classroom. Thankfully I try to get my hands on all I can and then find ways to use it. There are those who get given technology and can not find the power button.
The future of education is changing and so is the way we teach. But at the same time our students are changing and they are living the technology world with games, we just have to wrangle that enthusiasm into the classroom and teach them how to use more then just video games.
Chapter 3: The Technology Skeptics’ Argument
In this chapter our authors state, “School fosters just-in-case learning while technology fosters just-in-time learning.” Skeptics believe schools are designed to teach students the things they need to know in later life. They want to focus on teaching the knowledge that civilization has accumulated over the course of history, rather that the latest technology innovations.
We are in the midst of a knowledge explosion! The amount of information available to us today is astounding; therefore, there is a need to change the goals and direction of schooling.
Technology enthusiastics see an entirely different approach. They believe, students should learn what they need when they need it.
What will it take to change the concept of what it means to be educated?