Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Planning for the 21st Century
Once again and as usual, Jeff Utecht has left me with a lot to think about after reading his chapter in “Wired for Learning” – An Educators Guide to Web 2.0 by Terri Kidd and Irene Chen. In this chapter (case study) Jeff discusses how schools need to embrace the change that is 21st Century Learning with includes and should focus on open access to the cloud, systems that are designed for both teachers and students that have all in one solutions. An integrated system that is web based and allows for instant access to teacher and student websites, instant access to lesson plans and assignments along with the ability to upload, plan and reflect. It would be great if school districts across America could lose the large file systems of old and replace them completely with a course management system that was completely web based. Talk about a reduction in cost and support,( though support of the new infrastructure ie. The CMS is definitely important and required.) It has been my experience that districts are not ready to make the jump or are just well “stuck”. Why is this? Are districts afraid to make a complete jump to a 2st century infrastructure or do they have unreliable internet access or it is just habit? The failsafe of knowing you have that hard copy even if it is not easily accessible or sometimes found.. I found this to be a wonderful chapter that left me with a great deal of insight and curiosity as to when I will see that new technology plan fully implemented for 21 century learning.