Future Avila Students
The picture above is of a 3rd grade student in the Pleasant Hill R-3 school district going on a QR scavenger hunt to learn new information that is being presented in class. Will he be your future student? According to the FCC and U.S. Department of Education, absolutely.
“FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI JOINS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION DUNCAN TO UNVEIL NEW “DIGITAL TEXTBOOK PLAYBOOK,” A ROADMAP FOR EDUCATORS TO ACCELERATE THE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS”
The above quote was the headline on Delaware Regional High School website . Although there are challenges to this initiative the article outlines the Digital Textbook Playbook with the goal of every K-12 student having a digital textbook within a 5 year time period. The members of the collaborative, convened by the FCC and the U.S. department of education, include representatives from Hewlett Packard, Apple, Blackboard, McGraw Hill, Sprint and many other high profile, high tech companies.
The article stated that one reason to move forward with increasing digital learning in K-12 education is that, “Technology-based instruction can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective by 30 to 80 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education and recent studies by the National Training and Simulation Association.”
So what will happen to those of us who are not digitally savvy or technologically literate?
In the Vol 33 No. 1 issue of Education Week, Cavanagh shared the National Association of State Boards of Education’s concerns and recommendations regarding teaching and technology. One of the main concerns listed was the level of teachers’, principals’, and curriculum specialists’ comfort when using technology as a learning component in the classroom. The recommendation was that State Boards and teacher-licensing organizations make sure that teacher candidates have a level of technology skills to that instruction can be tailored to increase student learning. This would be accomplished by a “robust clinical experience”(p. 7).
But wait…you are a professor in higher education, what does all of this mean for higher education?
In the Wired Campus, a section of the Chronicle for Higher Education, O’Neil discusses President Obama’s priority to finance non-traditional teaching approaches such as online course delivery. Bolkin’s (2013) article in THE Journal shared Bank Street College of Education’s new graduate math education program. The entire program including fieldwork and advising is fully online. The pilot program, “which will maintain a 7-1 student-to-advisor ratio, will begin in the fall, and the pilot will formally launch in the spring of 2014. In order to refine the program over the course of the pilot, math teachers will be connected “with Bank Street experts online over the course of a semester”.
Times are changing and it looks like the student in the picture above will definitely have skills his professors need to be ready to enhance.