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Technology in Education: Integral, Not Supplementary
May 07, 2010 (12:05 PM EDT)
The Source for Learning Takes National Recommendations One Step Further
RESTON, Va., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several prominent national organizations, including the National Governors Association, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, have recently published recommendations for dramatically improving American education and America's available broadband technologies.
The Source for Learning, Inc., a national not-for-profit company that has employed technology in support of learning for more than thirty years, takes the new recommendations one step further. SFL says that education and technology are inextricably interwoven, and the appropriate use of technology will enable tomorrow's students to be far better learners. This release consists of excerpts from The Source for Learning's position paper; the full document is available at www.SourceForLearning.org/sfl-stds-tech.pdf .
The twenty-first century classroom
Imagine what a twenty-first century classroom ought to look like. Teacher and students are learning together, with the teacher guiding students' exploration and discovery. The classroom uses technology effectively, not because specific hardware/software is in place, but because of the informed manner in which the teacher and students use the capabilities that connectivity produces:
This use of technology should apply not just to formal instruction, but also to the delivery of continuing professional education for teachers and administrators.
If our students do not measure up because we have failed to carry out the necessary changes, the loss will be theirs, but the fault will be ours.
Expanding the vision
SFL supports efforts to (1) align content standards to a set of realistic core principles and (2) increase the ubiquity of true broadband connections in the nation's schools, homes, and wireless devices. In the hope that we can assist in that process, we offer the following suggestions and observations.
The transition to a truly effective twenty-first century learning environment will not happen uniformly. Some schools will move more quickly than others. This is not a one-time transition, but a process of continual evolution and improvement. For students and teachers, change will be the only constant.
The Source for Learning (www.SourceForLearning.org) provides these online educational services:
TeachersFirst (www.TeachersFirst.com) for K-12 teachers
PreschoolFirst (www.PreschoolFirst.com) for pre-K teachers and administrators
Teachers and Families (www.TeachersAndFamilies.com) for families of students
GrowUpLearning (www.GrowUpLearning.com) for families of children birth-5 and 1/2
SFL Streaming, an online digital video library, in development
The Source for Learning and associated organizations also hold licenses for Educational Broadband Service channels, dedicated to broadband wireless use in education, in 22 cities.
SOURCE The Source for Learning