The university is in danger of losing its monopoly, and for good reason. There is a rapidly widening gap between the model offered by big universities and the natural way that young people who have grown up immersed in digital technologies best learn.
When a student is excited about learning, amazing things happen. I've had the joy of witnessing this firsthand with students of all ages -- seeing what happens when we, as adults and educators, give a student a nudge in a new direction.
Hey, I'm on board with the first amendment; it's hard not to be, when I was taught to revere it. I'm afraid that removing drug commercials from the air might also lead to banning Huck Finn from public schools.
If you brought a teacher back from 50 years ago and put her in a university classroom today she would be able to pick up exactly where she left off. The classroom experience has barely changed. This is a pretty sad state of affairs
Few educators would argue against the importance of using media and technology in the classroom. Yet, we have made very little progress in implementing any media literacy curriculum on a national, or even statewide, level.
Amidst the cool technology demonstrations, shiny gadgets, and debates about online learning, it's essential not to overlook the country's most expensive -- and perhaps most ambitious -- initiative to use digital technology.
When it comes to technology, the perception is that it is the least important area in which to invest precious funds. This is why the time is now to seriously consider developing a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative.
It isn't my imagination. My children's backpacks got heavier with the weight of those textbooks over the past few years. And I don't think the weight of student backpacks are just my concern. I heard a rumor that even tiger moms are advocating for lighter school backpacks.
Digital learning won't close the achievement gap, but it will lift the floor. More students will be more academically successful. Five years from now, a higher percentage of students will soon graduate from high school ready for college and careers.