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Project Tomorrow Releases National Findings: Creating & Unleashing the Future

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I’m listening as I write to Project Tomorrow‘s (a.k.a. NetDay)  Unleashing the Future: Educators “Speak Up” about the Use of Emerging Technologies for Learning podcast.  Speak Up 2009 National Findings address two groups:

I’m guessing few will be surprised by the student findings, which are organized by three essential elements:

  • Essential Element 1: Social-based learningStudents want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration tools to create and personalize networks of experts to inform their education process.
  • Essential Element 2: Un-tethered learningStudents envision technology-enabled learning experiences that transcend the classroom walls and are not limited by resource constraints, traditional funding streams, geography, community assets or even teacher knowledge or skills.
  • Essential Element 3: Digitally-rich learning experiences Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as a key to driving learning productivity, not just about engaging students in learning.

The educators’ “Speak Up” includes survey results from “aspiring teachers” as well as in-service teachers and administrators.  The number one skill aspiring teachers are being taught in their methods course is how to use word processing, spreadsheet and database tools. But when asked what would best prepare them to teach in a 21st century classroom, the college students suggested better training in current technology:

  • learning how to use technology to differentiate instruction for students (75 percent)
  • incorporating digital resources in a lesson (68 percent)
  • locating and using electronic teaching aides (67 percent)
  • creating and utilizing video or podcasts within a lesson (57 percent)
  • and  using electronic productivity tools (57 percent).

Julie Evans, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow, shares that

Students are no longer waiting for policy changes within their schools, or from Washington, D.C. …Students want their voices heard by those making education policies, but we are now seeing them move beyond their attempts to share their needs with adults. They are taking the technology they have grown up with and using it to help them learn—inside and outside of the classroom.”

I’ll wrap up this post with a reminder from one of my favorite “down under” bloggers, Sujokat: “Social Media: Stop acting like it is going to go away.”

3 Comments

  1. Thanks you, Gail, for these links.
    I am perusing the section (in the teacher report) on mobile devices. That is quite interesting.
    Kevin

  2. Kevin,

    I’m really glad for your comment because as I read this report, I was thinking about your “Day in a Sentence” entry for the week: “I looked around my classroom yesterday and all I saw were creative movie producing teams hard at work in just about every space you could imagine and there were no signs of slacking in the bunch.”

    Seems to me you saw all three Essential Elements. I think it’s important for colleagues who are struggling with how to move beyond MS Office to have access to mentor sites and teachers…such as Kevin’s Meandering Mind!

  3. Several months ago I started reading about new media (it’s not really new but to me it is) and the potential to positively impact K-12 education. Since I teach journalism, reading, theater arts, and language arts, I have decided to add as much new media emphases in all my classes as I am allowed to do (Twitter and Facebook may be a hard-sell to the admin., but I’m going to try. Thanks for your blog and the videos.

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