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

Too Little, Too Late to Be Revolutionary

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

Too Little, Too Late to Be Revolutionary

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In our November/December cover story, "Talkin' About a Revolution" (thejournal.com/ Articles/2010/11/01/Talkin-about-a-Revolution. aspx), ed tech experts of all stripes, from classroom teachers to former heads of the US Office of Educational Technology, predicted what the next 10 years of the Digital Age has in store for K-12 schools. Two of our readers came away less than impressed.

The quotes and info provided in the article are great, but unfortunately, 10 years from now K-12 will still look mostly the same. [Policymakers] have had the last 10 years to really transform schools and integrate technology into all classes, disciplines, units, topics, professional development, etc., yet that has not taken place. Considering they've yet to play catch-up, they won't be able to keep pace with the next 10 years of tech development, innovation, and evolution. Think back 10 years ago: no ubiquitous cell phones and smartphones, no broadband, no YouTube, no iPods. One way to move forward is to remove the pockets of success (they remain isolated for too long) and somehow force teachers to update their skills, curriculum, and methodologies by working with those who have had success. …

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