I just read with much interest the predictions for 2011 in the Tech&Learning, January 2011 edition. "Textbooks are Dead! For Real this Time!" is among the first to be listed. I've thought for years that this was on the horizon. With more and more textbook companies offering their content on the web, this may become a reality this year. In my years of experience I've had my share of teacher editions. These bulky books, that I used sparingly, served as reference material as I found more and more resources online to accommodate my teaching in the classroom. Where do textbooks fit in inquiry based learning?
"Assessment will be Comprehensive and Constant". This shouldn't be a prediction. It should be happening at this moment in all learning environments. How are we to truly meet the needs of all learners without constant assessment to guide us in where each student stands in regards to standards? With all the tools at our disposal, this is easier than ever. And, many of these tools are free or students have them in their pockets. What student tools are you finding creative ways to use?
"1:1 Becomes BYOT!" My principal and I had this discussion the other day when she shared with me a teacher had taken her son's cell phone. A creative teacher would make use of the tools. Schools across the nation are revisiting their acceptable use policies to encourage and accept use of student devices in educational settings. Has your school or district revised your AUPs to address student devices? If so, how?
"Content will be free for all, all the time!" Scott S. Floyd says it perfectly, "If the government provides free education to all, why would we not make the best content available and within easy reach?" I think this would provide for more equity as we are still a nation of haves and have nots. Many schools within districts are not created equal. Some lack highly qualified staff while others lack funding for resources. What are your thoughts on this?
I only mentioned 4 of the 10 top predictions listed in this article. I overwhelmingly feel it is an exciting time to be in education. Click here to access this article online and read the other 6 predictions.