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What are some of the issues we need to address in education?

October 14, 2009

Curious as to what Leading EDGE is all about? It is about addressing the issues raised in this powerful video:

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  1. October 19, 2009 2:38 pm

    Hi Jack,

    I have viewed similar videos to this one and each time I am left with a feeling of discomfort that the instructors are not up to speed with the digital mindset of the student. Students arrive in the classroom and are ready to continue what they did at home — texting, IM, chats, Ipods, Facebooks, gaming, blogging, wikis, etc. In the classroom, their creativity is restricted by the coursework, assignments and standards set by the schools.

    It’s no wonder so many charter schools have popped up in Colorado and across the country. The hardest part of all is when they enter college and the instructors are not up to speed with new ideas, learning styles and technology.

    There are top notch universities that offer free courses that would help teachers continue to learn and grow and stay prepared for the new wave of students. Just Google “open course ware” to get more info or check my blog.

    Thanks for listening! Marge

  2. jkdrury permalink*
    October 19, 2009 8:43 pm

    Hi Marge,
    I agree. We have found a couple of things. Many (if not most) teachers are scared of technology so they avoid it. Those few who have learned to use it by and large only use it to make their old boring notes into a whiz bang presentation. Ultimately it is still boring. We have been working hard to get teachers to learn the technology but then let the students use it to demonstrate their learning. For example rather than the teacher using a smartboard with a powerpoint presentation have the students address a critical issue and present their arguments, findings, etc. using the technology. Ultimately we think it is more about teaching philosophy and strategies than it is about the technology.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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