Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Guest Editorial

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Guest Editorial

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As educators, one of our most important responsibilities is to prepare our students for success in the workplaces of tomorrow.

These Information Age workplaces will be very different than those of the Industrial Age. Information Age workplaces will move at a rapid pace, continually changing to meet the needs of their customers. Workers will need to master a new set of skills: working efficiently in teams, effectively solving problems and being able to assume responsibility for their work. They will need strong analytical skills, broad communication abilities and the flexibility to accomplish a wide variety of job tasks.

* Facile Users of Technology

Technology will be at the forefront of this change. For our students to be successful in this world, they must be facile users of technology. Moreover, they must also know how to maximize the power of technology. Productivity will result not only from knowing where to find information, but also being able to analyze it, use it for problem-solving and effectively present it.

The success of our students in tomorrow's world requires that technology be an integral part of today's curriculum. Unfortunately, this is not the case today. Many of our schools still rely on the textbook as the primary medium to deliver instruction.

The textbook is really out of place in the Information Age. With knowledge doubling every three to four years, the textbook is limited as a useful tool for learning. And because it is out-of-date, there will be an evolution of instructional materials in the next few years.

Early signs of this evolution appeared in the 1980s, when computer software began being used in schools. However, that software was only supplemental to the "real work" going on in the classroom instead of being the basis for instruction. As a result, instructional materials were anything but current, exciting and relevant. …

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