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Empowering Educators for 21st Century Teaching & Learning

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Posted on May 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM
What's tweeting in education today? Listen up educators. Get those students online NOW! 

I have been in education for over 27 years and I have experienced first hand that the American education system has an amazing resistance to innovation.  Approximately 100 years ago Thomas Edison once said, "Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools...our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years." However because of a deep resistance from administration as well as teachers the classroom experience hasn't changed much at all for contemporary students.  .

What's wrong America? Malaysia Goes Google.  This month, May 2013, Malaysia has announced it is adopting Google Apps for 10 million students, teachers and parents, and deploying Chromebooks to primary and secondary schools nationwide.  American schools aren't leading in education because we won't get with the program.  Technology is here to stay.  It is not going anyway.  Why the resistance, still?  

The education system operates under the antiquated needs of an agrarian and industrial America when students were off in the summer and in school for short hours during the day to allow kids to work on their family's farms.  Why still the same system?  

Advances in information technology have revolutionized how people communicate and learn in nearly every aspect of modern life except for education, except guess what? Yep, you guessed it EDUCATION.  But check this out!  Mostly in America.

American schools, especially in urban and rural areas has not been transformed by technology  because the people who govern education  and teachers with little to no technology skills say technology is a distraction.

I wonder, why don't urban schools have enough computers or ipads for all students, or at least 50 % of them? Why is there only one computer lab in most schools with less than 25 computers in the lab? While there are hundreds of students in the building?

The American education system is a system of compliance rather than a system that encourages curiosity leaving many children behind.  We are too concerned with paperwork and red tape that we neglect the learning of many of students   They are falling through the cracks in droves.  American students are only number one in confidence; not math or science or reading.  What's wrong with that?  What does that say about us?

Social media is here to stay and educators simply need to step up to the plate.  According to Sandrine Rastello & Jeanna Smialek in their article  Cybersecurity Starts in High School with Tomorrow’s Hires, says that student with technological skills are being hired as interns as young as 16 by both private and governmental agencies. 
“I cannot hire enough cybersecurity professionals, I can’t find them, they’re not qualified,” said Ryan Walters, who founded mobile data security company TerraWi Inc  in 2009.  

Additionally, according to the article, " President Barack Obama  describes the threat as one of the nation’s most serious perils, while the  Department of Defense   has said the Chinese military has targeted government computers. With few specialists trained to respond to evolving attacks and most universities still adjusting to requirements, demand is overwhelming supply."  

This is where the job opening are, in technology.  Yet, how many students are fully engaged in technoloyg in American classrooms?  Better yet, how many are even 25% engaged?  Moreover, statistics say there are 5-6 students in every urban classroom who still can't read.  These are high school classrooms.   We clearly have a problem!  What are your thoughts?


Categories: Adult Literacy, Education, Blended Learning, Web 2.0 Technology, Professional Development, Literacy for high school students, Web 2.0 Tools for the classroom

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