The era of the chalkboard is over. Laptops, SMART boards, Wikis, YouTube, and Gaming are in. Is this progress or just distraction? That was the topic of conversation among over 250 educators at Fordham’s “Digital Learning: The Future of Schooling?” event yesterday. (Please check out the video replay here.)
Ohio State Superintendent Stan Heffner opened the event by laying out the problematic mix of technology, education, and kids: “Kids spend their nights in high-tech bedrooms and spend their days in low-tech classrooms.”
“Kids spend their nights in high-tech bedrooms and spend their days in low-tech classrooms."
The remainder of the conversation focused on how to harness kids’ aptitude in technology for effective educational practices.
Fordham – and our event partners, KnowledgeWorks and the Nord Family Foundation –assembled an elite group of digital learning experts and Ohio practitioners to explore best practices and policies. The event’s first panel consisted of four national experts (U.S. Department of Education’s Karen Cator, Public Impact’s Bryan Hassel, iNACOL’s Susan Patrick, and Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark), each of whom emphasized the promise and inevitability of digital learning in the classroom.
A few of their recommendations included:
- Colleges of education should equip future teachers to leverage technology in their classrooms.
- Schools should exploit technology to create a multi-faceted student assessment system rather than rely on a single-test assessment.
- Schools should leverage technology to enable excellent teachers to reach more students through video-fed lessons.
The second panel included...