Corporations and industry are uniquely designed to robustly respond to dizzying cultural changes and adapt to emerging technologies. Education, however, burdened by bureaucracy, in many cases, is incapable of leveraging freely available tools to maximize either teacher workflow, student learning or productivity.
"The way we use information today is fundamentally different than it was 10 years ago. We have access to every bit of info we need at all times. It is therefore no longer relevant to focus on teaching facts. It is finding the right information and evaluating it that is important. Being able to ‘search smart’ not only opens up worlds of opportunities and learning possibilities to students, but it saves them valuable time and is a highly-demanded skill in the modern workplace." (Google Certification)
In the 21st Century, a teacher's role is no longer the "Sage on the Stage", but the "Guide on the Side". We must lead all learners to develop digital literacy and inspire them to critically think, communicate, collaborate, and create rigorous academic projects.
The world's problems need thinkers who can engineer solutions. Problem solving requires knowledge and skills which are greatly enhanced by technology and effective teaching strategies.
The sheer volume of effective digital resources available to teachers, and the absence of substantive staff development to train teachers to implement teaching tools, has created a crises-gap between what teachers should know and can do. This is especially true in how to infuse technology to promote 21st Century skills.
Every child must have daily access to rigorous, responsive and relevant instruction, the hallmark of the Common Core; however, the digital tools currently available to promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication, as well as significantly improve teaching and student engagement are accelerating at such a startling rate, teachers are no longer “climbing the learning curve”, they are “flat lining”.
Students learning how to participate in an "academic quest", inside one of the civilizations in World Of Humanities in MinecraftEDU. This particular immersion engineering platform contains over400 pages of text all which includes complex problem solving tasks.
To fill this teacher-knowledge gap, communities and all stake holders, need to work together to ensure all teachers have the tools, training and adequate time to effectively process and implement their new learning, so they can empower students to become change agents of the future.
The CITE Foundation, seeks to develop a prototype of a community incentivized continuous staff development model designed to resolve our national crises in technology and teaching excellence "capacity building".
This video from Stanford's "You Cubed" website titled 'Everyone Can Do Math", provides evidence, proving that learning is the inalienable right of every child; that it is a result of engagement, a positive mindset, and believing in the "power of failure". Technology-engagement provides a safe place to fail and try again until mastery.