If we think about computers not as instruments for solitary learning, but as collaborative tools that enable students to interact with others with whom they otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to connect, we stretch education in ways that have never been seen.
It's estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That's 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets.
There are literally hundreds of iPad apps and games that claim to teach toddlers and elementary school-aged children the basic of mathematics. Unfortunately, when it comes to combining educational content with engaging features, most of these offerings just don't add up.
With a supportive community and teachers who are willing to be trained and embrace technology in their classes, students of every age are sure to benefit from the many tools and skills technology can offer.
What if five years from now, we've moved (or are quickly moving) to a structure of schools that basically offloads almost all rote learning to personalized technology solutions aimed at creating enough mastery in kids to pass some type of examination or quest?
It's worth recognizing that everyone involved in the Mars mission was a student once. And somewhere along the line, these professionals had science and math teachers who inspired them to pursue a career in the final frontier.
I teach a visual communication course and before we can get to storytelling, students need to learn some software. So I created a simple assignment. Even better, students work hard to do a good job because if they don't it will frustrate one of their fellow students. Can you say win/win?
If we want our teachers to succeed, we need to stop blaming them and offer new habits. Transforming our schools will demand real resources and real reform built on a commitment to change some of our behaviors.
Author Michael Horn predicts that in the future, the majority of students will be engaged in what he calls "blended learning" where they'll learn online with control over the pace of their learning in schools with teachers providing guidance.
Technology is at our fingertips every moment of the day, and we're losing sight of our old ways. We can connect more with someone who is halfway across the world than someone who goes to the same school.
From iPads to audio recorders, Smart Classrooms to online courses, new tools find their way into students' and educators' hands every day. But many teachers seem hesitant to embrace all this rapidly emerging technology.
The culture of learning we have in the U.S., and have now introduced in Australia, focuses not only on knowledge attainment, but also on the development of work ethic, teamwork, presentation skills and literacy skills.