Recently I tweeted Lydia Dobyns’s candid blog post entitled “A ’21st Century’ Education Is SO Last Century.” Like a breath of fresh air, she challenges the educational community to look to companies like Google and Apple for inspiration and direction to engage and enrich today’s students.
The first step? Leave behind the outdated classroom of lectures and rote memorization, empty tests and arbitrary catch phrases. The second? Adapt to the 24/7 connected world we live in today. The third? Embrace Deeper Learning.
“Ultimately, it is about delivering core education in today’s world by today’s standards of success. We graduate too many students ill-prepared for college or career. Just changing from textbooks to laptops won’t change that success rate.”
According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, deeper learning prepares students to
- know and master core academic content
- think critically and solve complex problems
- work collaboratively
- communicate effectively
- be self-directed and able to incorporate feedback.
Deeper learning is a philosophy good teachers have embraced for centuries. Technology just gives us more chances than ever before to stretch further, aim higher, and dive deeper.
It’s an exciting time to be an educator.