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ERIC Number: EJ922300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
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Gordon, Dan
T.H.E. Journal, v38 n3 p30-32, 34-35 Mar 2011
In the 2007 report, "Maximizing the Impact: The Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century Education System," a task force of leading employers, education technology advocates, and educators concluded that schools were barely using technology, much less developing the tech skills needed of those entering the workplace. The report was a loud, disruptive clarion call to schools to move purposefully toward the use of technology to develop 21st century skills. Although some progress has been made in the four years since the release of the report, it's difficult to find anyone who would argue that in their preparation of K-12 students for the technology-fueled, knowledge-based economy they will soon enter, schools are hitting the mark. Schools continue to deliver new graduates into the workplace lacking the tech-based "soft skills" that businesses demand. Experts blame K-12's persistent failure to integrate technology. Work readiness is no longer just about the three R's; now it's also about turning information into knowledge through web searching and vetting. Schools need to fuse the traditional three R's with the four C's--(1) critical thinking; (2) communication; (3) collaboration; and (4) creativity--while also making room for problem solving and innovation. Those who are concerned about the tech skills of the future workforce also emphasize the importance of information and communication technology literacy: a working knowledge of computers and application that run on them, along with the ability to learn new ones rapidly.
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