Department of Education: 21st Century Learning

[MUSIC] Roberto: You all know very
well that the future of our public education system is going
to look interactive, it’s going to look individualized, it is
going to be full of real world experiences. Our charge here
has really been to try to do more to equip our educational
leadership, our classroom teachers, our principals with
the high speed broadband and the digital tools that they need to
really unleash that opportunity. Richard: When considering a
transition to technology to support learning, to digital
learning environment and ecosystem there’s lots of
different pieces that need to be considered. It’s more than just
the device. Although that’s an important piece. It’s also
making sure that there’s access, connectivity, and places where
students learn. Not just a computer lab down the hall. We
take students out of the environment where they’re doing
the learning and walk them down to a special room where they can
connect to the internet. And then walk them out and erase all
the work they just did so they can go back to their learning,
right? That’s sort of approach doesn’t work 21st century
learners. We need to have access to wherever the students,
wherever they’re learning. Jason: I visited and worked with
a school in North Dakota. And this was in the middle of
nowhere, it was an hour from the closest hotel. One of the
reservation schools. And their entire community had WiFi, high
speed broadband WiFi that was broadcast to the entire
community. You know that school district and that school in that
community in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota if they
can provide that there’s definitely the means and the way
and the capacity if we want to put our mind to it. Deborah: The upkeep and
upgrading of technologies is really critical. But
I think the absolute challenge that we face as
superintendents and that we promote in our roles at the
Department of Education is to ensure that we are really
advocating for professional learning for all teachers, for
all adults in the building. Jonathan: The last thing I would
mention, there’s also a piece about digital learning that
really requires us to focus on the issue of equity. We can’t
get to digital learning and provide access and opportunity
for all students unless all means all. Every student, every
school, every classroom, every place in America. And then and
only then we will have opportunities where young
people’s capacity to build and create and to discover really is
limitless. [MUSIC]

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2 Responses

  1. Jerry Acosta says:

    the Department of education system is failing Commonly Core is not doing good Department education needs to go and we need to fix our education we don't need the federal government tell us what to do

  2. Derrick Streets says:

    How can a state like California have one out of every four black children that can read the state standard. In particular black males males.

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