Born in Another Time. Among their recommendations, NASBE points out that students need "real-world experience with technology in a way that prepares them to be college and career ready." This isn't just 'time in the computer lab' we're talking about here. They specifically charge us to "ensure that every student has adequate access to a computing device and the Internet at school and home." In Indiana, we've made huge strides in this - by many measures leading the nation. We have a long way to go.
To achieve even the goals set out in this report, we will need to take a hard look at our focus, and maybe... our posture. Dr. Scott Robison, the accomplished Superintendent of Zionsville Community Schools put it very well when he said that our job is "helping Indiana’s youth (and their teachers) lean forward into the possibilities." As you begin the new adventure that this school year provides, will you be leaning forward into the possibilities? Or will you be reclining in the time-honored traditions of our past?
Will you be the teacher that tries posting a video to reinforce your most important lessons? Or will you be using your overhead projector to cast a tired image of your syllabus on that new interactive board that you just haven't explored yet? Will you be the leader who explores the power of social media to engage your community, or will you protect the past by ensuring that "devices are off and put away." My sincere hope is that all of us who would call ourselves educators would lean forward with the posture of a learner. It is an exciting time, and we all have much to learn! Make it a great year.