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.

Platforms for Education: The Enhanced School/Home Educational System

Platforms for education: The enhanced school/home educational system

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Charlie

Fifteen-year-old Charlie is perched on a high stool in front of a shelf he has made to hold his computer, accessories, and three or four open books. Above the shelf is a bookcase on whose shelves sit a number of potted plants, labeled according to treatments.

Charlie is taking a BSCS-based Advanced Placement course, an online distance offering by a state university. He lives in a small Georgia town and goes to a high school that serves about 75 students in each grade. Last summer the biology teacher resigned for personal reasons, and the district officials have not yet found a suitable replacement. Thus, Charlie is taking the distance course. The ...

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