From a principal’s publication in 1815: “Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dustall over themselves. They can’t clean aslate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
From the journal of theNational Association of Teachers, 1907:“Students today depend too much on ink. They don’t know how to use aknife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.” Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
From Rural American Teacher, 1928: “Students today depend on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make theirown. When they run out of ink they will beunable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.” Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
From Federal Teachers, 1950: “Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students usethese devices then throw them away. TheAmerican values of thrift and frugality arebeing discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.” Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
“Any growth requires atemporary loss of security.” Madeline Hunter
The use and integration of technology inthe classroom, school house, and central administration will determine how well GCS students compete in the globaleconomy and are key components of the 21st century classroom.As a result, in order for students and staffto achieve excellence, GCS must focus its efforts on instructional technology.
"If we teach today as we taughtyesterday, we rob our children oftomorrow“John Dewey
The focus is to help teachers use technology to support learning in the classroom in a widevariety of subjects. Growing up digitally, today’s students come to school pre-programmed to use and adapt easily to new technologies.Yet often they spend the day learning the same way their parents and grandparents did: without email, Internet access, computers, video and other devicesmost adults now use continually at work and at home.
"Do not confine yourchildren to your ownlearning, for they wereborn in another time."Chinese Proverb
The established standards will change the face of the classroom in GCS and will incorporate new teaching methods. The role of teachers is changing as well, according to research conducted bythe NC DPI. Rather than standing in front of the classroom lecturing to students, teachers increasingly need to serve as learning coaches by using technology to engage students in solving “real-world”
"Teachers need to integrate technologyseamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewingit as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event."Heidi-Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant
Learning today also occurs on an anywhere, anytime basis as the digital revolution renderstraditional barriers, such as time distance and place, obsolete.
“I have never let myschooling interferewith my education.”Mark Twain
Enhancing technology integration as it relates to curriculum and instruction is an essential part of the journey toward excellence. GCS’ district-wide technology system has to support a wide range of people and operation. Making information more easily accessible, ensuring that workisn’t duplicated and enhancing productivity are required for GCS students and staff to excel now, and in the future.
"The need to know the capital ofFlorida died when my phone learnedthe answer. Rather, the students oftomorrow need to be able to thinkcreatively: they will need to learn ontheir own, adapt to new challengesand innovate on-the-fly."Anthony Chivetta,high school student in Missouri
"You must be the change you want to see in the world"Gandhi
"There can be infiniteuses of the computerand of new agetechnology, but if theteachers themselvesare not able to bring itinto the classroomand make itwork, then it fails."NancyKassebaum, U.S.Senator
The principle goal ofeducation is to create menand woman who arecapable of doing newthings, not simplyrepeating what othergenerations have done.Jean Piaget
Sources:• http://www.gcsnc.com/superintendent/pdf/StrategicPlan-Final%20-%20Single%20Pages.pdf#page=40• http://www.slideshare.net/tonyvincent/education-technology-quotes• Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson quoted on http://synthesizingeducation.com/blog/2010/01/21/some-funny-educational-technology-quotes/