As much fun as speculating what education might or ought to look like in 2050 (I'll only be 98 years old, after all), I'd suggest energies are better spent in realizing the potential of the technologies and opportunities we have available to us - TODAY. These would be my questions for Will ...
- Why don't we now have an IEP for every child (and every teacher), with tech facilitating this today?
- Why doesn't every child have a laptop or netbook with 24/7 access to tutorials, information, and productivity tools for all learners with genuinely differentiated approaches and resource for each student TODAY?
- Why is not every teacher taking advantage of challenging/engaging game environments and MUVEs TODAY?
- Why is every teacher not taking advantage of a nearly unlimited number of resources to allow the creation of relevant assignments based on personal interests for every child TODAY?
- Why do teachers and students not have 24/7 access to information professionals (librarians) TODAY?
- Why do there only seem to be a few teachers in every school that make creativity, problem-solving and global interactions a priority TODAY?
Why are these things not the norm, but the exception TODAY? It would take no extra funds, no revolution, no scientific breakthroughs, no visioning. Just work.(And I'll bet these things are not universal even in the districts of the administrative geniuses Scott describes.)
Doug talks about changes that need to happen in education TODAY. I couldn't agree more with the questions Doug is asking.
- With the resources that we have available today through technology, all students and teachers could and should have a plan based on their needs that will help them improve and learn at the highest level.
- Laptops for every student, in every school would truly empower students to learn 24/7 about their PASSIONS in a way that will allow them to THINK, LEAD & SERVE in this global, digital community we all live in.
- Kids have grown up on video games and love to dream and live in this virtual world, and yet most teachers have no idea the amount of learning that could take place in their classes if they harnessed the power of gaming in their classrooms.
- Kids have access to so many tools that would allow them to create and develop products to demonstrate their learning on a level, no textbook, notepad and pencil could ever do.
- Students should not only have access to their school librarians, but to all of their teachers 24/7 so they can learn when and how they learn.
- Risk Takers
- Willing to take Risks
- Full of Problem-Solvers