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.

Important Things to Just Do Right Now
Important things to just do right now

Students, teachers, parents, and community are part of the major makeover of education that is in its early stages. While technology has had a significant impact on homes and in some schools, we've barely begun to reap its benefits for the total education of our students. On the home platform, although there are terrible inequities, Internet access, distance/online courses, social networks, texting, Skyping, and exchanges of pictures and other material are now present in a good number of settings. However, level of access declines as socioeconomic status declines: students in less affluent homes have less media and less access to the digital libraries and Web 2.0 tools. Parallel development is happening in ...

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