You couldn’t miss the biggest tech news stories of the last year, all revolving around the industry’s dismal workforce diversity. Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, and many other tech companies acknowledged the lack of diversity among their employees.
"Is your school still in the dark ages of #edtech? Does your school teach students with edtech only through an ICT subject, ordoes your school have a dedicated edtech agenda, with a strong focus on integration into the curriculum in general? As an English teacher, I can only dream of the latter, becausein all of the schools around the world that I have worked in (Australia, Spain, UK), edtech takes a back seat every time. To say this is rather frustrating is an understatement, especially when most of those schools have cited the need to create independent learners as a means to achieve desirable results."
In light of the many advantages that integrating edtech into the general curriculum offers, to continue to deny students these opportunities seems like a hard pill to swallow. Edtech is no longer in the early adopters zone; no longer in the testing zone. It is well and truly here, and senior leadership not only has to accept such a fate, but take the bull by the horns and truly embrace it for what it is worth.
For the sake of all its students, edtech must become an integral part of a school’s pedagogy.
"At the beginning of 2014, Versal surveyed over 400 teachers to better understand their perspectives on teaching with technology. Last month, they run the same survey again and analyzed how things have changed."
Why are there so many conflicting messages when it comes to the flipped classroom? Well, being a flexible pedagogy, the flipped classroom can and should be adapted and moulded to meet individual classroom needs.
We teach a lot that isn’t going to matter, in a significant way, in students’ lives, writes Professor David Perkins in his new book, "Future Wise." There’s also much we aren’t teaching that would be a better return on investment.
"Education has evolved from a pen, paper and textbook affair to using iPads, online resources and even mobile apps in the classroom. If you are aiming for a career in education, being able to utilize technology effectively is a crucial skill that you will have to be able to demonstrate."
ARE YOU A GOOGLE FAN? If so, check out Education on Air, a free online conference for educators on May 8-9, 2015. The conference will feature sessions from 100+ educators, students, researchers, Googlers and leaders.
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