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ERIC Number: EJ868935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Shifting Ground
Lehmann, Chris
Principal Leadership, v10 n4 p18-21 Dec 2009
For quite some time, the promise of 21st century tools in schools has been a focus of the education community. In too many schools, however, there haven't been major changes in the way in which students learn. But change is coming, and it is apparent in the success of many virtual high schools. There's no question that the United States is becoming an increasingly wired society--and as schools increase their bandwidth, there is no technological reason why classes can't be taught online or become blended, but what will those classes look like? How will they be taught? Who will teach them? Everyone--parents, teachers, administrators, and students--must be willing to rethink many of their basic assumptions about what classes--and schools--can be. The ground is shifting under "everyone's" feet as schools hustle to catch up to the changes in society. But those changes, although difficult, have brought school communities to a moment in time when they can rethink what they can be. Schools can and must be transformative--when they encourage kids to harness the new tools at their disposal to create real work of meaning, students can be authentic voices in the world. In the end, it is time to stop thinking of school as preparation for real life and instead show students that the time they spend in school can be a vital and enriching part of their very real and very important lives.
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Language: English
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