Articles on the Future of Education

While in the process of some reading and research, I decided to start a blog on the topic of my endeavor.  Please create an account, login, and share any good articles, resources, or your own thoughts on the topic.

My goal:  To clarify my own thoughts about the disconnect between how students use technology outside the school, how they will be expected to use technologies in their future lives, and the unplugged context of the classroom. This blog is a journey of the articles I find and my reflections on them.   


Adopt and Adapt:  21st-Century Schools Need 21st-Century TechnologyThe biggest question about technology and schools in the twenty-first century is not so much “What can it do?” but, rather, “When will it get to do it?” [Edutopia, Dec, 2005]   [Notes: not too long, a good starting point that frames current thinking on the topic of educational reform and Ed Tech.] 

The Present and Future of Educational Technology An Interview with Christopher Dede   [Notes: The first three topics (7 paragraphs after the “Interview Topics” index) get to the point of the disconnect between schools and the 21st century needs of students]

 Transforming Learning For The 21st, Century: An Economic Imperative   [Notes:  This is a very well done 70 page report.  The first 10 pages (executive summary) articulate a powerful argument for change in the future direction of America’s educational system as it relates to the
US economy]

Risky BusinessWith the economic future of the
U.S. tied to our public education system, business leaders are scrambling to push for change.  [Edutopia Apr. 2006]  [Notes: A similar article about the tie between education and national economic prosperity]

The Future of Education (By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist)  The pace of change is mandating that we produce a faster, smarter, better grade of human being.  Current systems are preventing that from happening.  Future education system will be unleashed with the advent of a standardized rapid courseware-builder and a single point global distribution system.  – [This DaVinci Institute article is an interesting view of the future of education.  His ideas on courseware set a very different stage for looking at the future.  It wanders a bit from the focus of my search but is worth reading through.] 

Futurist: To fix education, think Web 2.0Seely Brown spoke at a conference on technology and education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The conference was organized to mark the end next year of an eight-year partnership between Microsoft and MIT to explore the use of technology in learning.  

Podcast on Courseware (click the “podcast” text link) [Note:  This audio file is on the use and relevance of courseware and project based learning via the use of web resources and courseware systems.   [Notes:  One of the key point that come into my mind from this information is that education has largely ignored the idea of Mastery Learning because we cannot control the key variable of “time.” The web based resources (what are often now called Web 2.0 tools) can now extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls and the limitation of time (at least classroom time.)  This is an interesting podcast to listen to after reading the DaVinci article. ] 

What’s Next – 10 projects to follow in the future  [Administrator Magazine March 2006]  As you know, university laboratories, private think tanks, and government agencies across the country are continually looking to further the research and development of theories, strategies, and technologies that will not only make your job easier but will also make education in
America that much better. Our reporters found 10 such projects that we think you’d like to hear about. See for yourself what’s coming down the pike. You’ll find both inspiration and valuable information that you can use today.

Bill Gates calls for ed-data center:  Also needed, he tells Senate lawmakers: Redesigned curriculum, more-challenging standards, and stronger math, science, and technology education.  [eSchool News March 2007] …”Despite the best efforts of many committed educators and administrators, our high schools have simply failed to adapt to this change. As any parent knows, however, our children have not [failed to adapt]–they are fully immersed in digital culture. As a result, while most students enter high school wanting to succeed, too many end up bored, unchallenged, and disengaged from the high school curriculum–“digital natives” caught up in an industrial-age learning model.”   

Real & Relevant 21st Century Skills: (By Karen Bruett) [Converge Magazine Feb. 2006]  How can we prepare students to succeed in the 21st century? This is a question of paramount importance to
America’s educators, employers, parents, policymakers and the public…. 

Framework for 21st Century Learning   The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed a unified, collective vision for 21st century learning that can be used to strengthen American education. An overview of this framework, with links to more information…  

Classrooms for the Future:  Colonial School District is among the first districts to receive a “Classrooms for the Future” grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Synching up with the iKid Educators must work to understand and motivate a new kind of digital learner.  [Edutopia, Oct. 2005] 

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