Thursday, April 22, 2010

Digital Natives...Making your technology environment student centered

Wow...another great article from District Administration magazine. Don Knezek, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), says the "digital divide," the gap between people with and without effective access to digital technology and its impact on their earnings, now also is seen as a "learning divide." That means, he says, that "ids don't have the opportunity to learn, as well as earn," if they don't have digital skills. While students formerly had the classroom teacher as their "sole guide," they now can use those skills, as well as new digital tools, to connect and interact with experts around the world, and "that makes so much difference in helping kids learn and advance and stay engaged," Knezek says.

What do you think about this digital divide? Do you think it is a public school's responsibility to level the playing field for all students to make sure they get a world class education?

What do you think about the need for all of our students to learn at high levels? Should we be concerned about them all or just those who have access to technology?

What do you think about the need of all of our students to learn about technology and how to incorporate it into the jobs of the future?

I look forward to hearing from you...

Supt Herzberg

1 comment:

  1. Wow - a "digital divide" - I had not heard that term before. I certainly see how it applies though. YES - I believe it is the public schools responsibility to level the playing field. Truly - our very society depends upon the success of the public school system. Public schools must equip their students to face the global economy - the shrinking world. How can this be done?? Our students (and faculty) must have the technology they need(and the knowledge to use it)at their fingertips - ALL the time - not just one or two periods a day.