Around the Net: 21st Century Education

Recently I had the opportunity to visit a school in a small town on the easter coast of the big island of Hawaii.IMG_3864

I was there only as an observer but was genuinely amazed by what I witnessed. This Elementary school of approximately 800 students grades PreK – 5th was pressing forward with the passion to prepare their students for the future. On the occasion of my visit, the school was conducting a parent night, allowing parents to see for themselves the various ways the school was using technology to inspire a passion for learning in their children. During the general presentation,  administrators spoke about the process and various decisions that they made.  The session was opened by showing a video, “What is 21st Century Education?” (created by EduAlert)

Just a few interesting facts provided in the video:

  • In the past 5 years the digital universe has grown by 1000%
  • 46% of teachers say their homework requires technology
  • 94% of students say they use technology to do homework
  • Many of the top jobs in 2012, didn’t exist in 2002!
  • Many of the jobs your students will have don’t even exist yet!
  • Students will use technologies that haven’t been invented yet, to find solutions for problems that haven’t emerged.

With the overall thought that,

Today, teachers must be innovators, mentors, entrepreneurs, motivators, illuminators, catalysts because preparing students for the 21st century isn’t just about technology or skills for the global economy. The 21st century education is about creativity, culture awareness, problem solving, innovation, civic engagement, communication, productivity, collaboration, accountability, exploration, initiative, responsibility, leadership and making your classroom as dynamic as the world around us.

The school also invited an education specialist to speak to the parents as well. This educational specialist was on campus to work directly with the staff in guiding and assisting them as they adapted their new technology to their classroom.

He also spoke about how much technology has changed our lives and the way we do things.  Giving a simple but fun example of how he and his wife used to have fun debating various facts about the current song on the radio.  Not so many years ago, the debate would rarely be resolved.  Today, with a simple question to a smart phone the debate is settled in seconds.  This revealed the fact that we literally hold a wealth of information in our hands.

He then moved on to talk about how, as the video also pointed out, that today’s classroom has changed to adapt to the times.  Technologies such as white boards and tablets to deliver lessons and worksheets for students to complete.

All this, really brought home to me the importance of what we do in the educational field. So much responsibility rests on the shoulders of the classroom teacher!  It has renewed our passion here at TecKnoQuest, LLC to deliver the best quality products, in hope to make their task easier! We know that each of you are also dedicated to this goal yourselves and because of your diligence… we are able to do what we do!  Thank you!

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