Keys to building a new generation of courses and schools

While many futurists tout the value of teaching students 21st-century skills, bridging the concept with the practice is best accomplished by professional educators. Authors Bruce Joyce and Emily Calhoun know how to actualize the critical reforms that enable schools to prepare students for today's workforce. They outline a clear vision for advancing school reform that emphasizes infusing technology across the curriculum. Specific steps include: Providing technology access to all students to promote equity and engagement; Developing hybrid courses that prepare students to meet 21st-century needs; Designing professional development that connects technology to teaching; Improving literacy instruction; Changing the high school paradigm; Involving teachers, parents, and community members in school leadership

We have a tremendous opportunity to bridge education with the information and communications technology revolution. Joyce and Calhoun show how to deliver on the promise of a 21st-century education by teaching students the skills they need to achieve in their careers and in life.

A Considerable Opportunity
A considerable opportunity

When I emailed my students’ parents with the question “What countries would you like to explore—even to visit?” I had no idea what a variety would be suggested. I then gave the list to my fifth-grade students without telling them that it was a compilation of ideas from their parents. I asked them to search for information, making sure that certain types (size, population, gross national product) were included, and then to write a description of what one might find by traveling there. We made a kind of multimedia travel book and presented it to the parents.

There are going to be a lot of families discussing whether they can organize the time and resources for some real as well as ...

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