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.

The 21st-Century Skills

The 21st-century skills

William Lodermeier's Technology Education Lab

Curriculum and instruction in technology education have changed dramatically in the last 30 years, and ICT has been incorporated extensively in both process and content. The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) developed standards for technological literacy—the general education needed by everyone–for all students. Professional technology educators like William Lodermeier have taken those standards seriously and developed or adopted course materials. Emily was fortunate enough to visit Willie's classroom in an Ames (Iowa) Middle School and learned about the curriculum and how Willie uses it in the eighth grade. The classroom includes 16 workstations, the teacher's workstation, and an area where the whole class can assemble for teacher-led sessions.

Ames Middle School operates on a 12-week ...

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