They text, Skype, IM, blog, use wikis, surf the net, and play video games.
8-10 year olds spend almost 8 hours a day consuming media. Most of that 8 hours is outside of the classroom. Source: A Kaiser Family Foundation Study January 2010
The amount of time children and teens spend on the computer has tripled over the last 10 years (1 hour and 29 minutes). Source: A Kaiser Family Foundation Study January 2010
Only 38 minutes is devoted to reading a book. Source: A Kaiser Family Foundation Study January 2010
73% of all Colorado High School seniors will graduate. Source: Alliance for Excellent Education
Nationally, 1.3 million students leave high school without a diploma. Source: Alliance for Excellent Education
By the year 2016, the largest English speaking country will be China. Source: A Vision of K-12 Students Today
We need to prepare students for THEIR future not OURpast. --Ian Jukes, educator and Futurist
“Due to rapidly changing dynamics facing the 21st Century, new skills, regardless of what they are called will be needed for every man, woman and child to address the economic, social, political and citizenship challenges that await them…
Business success will demand a workforce whose skills adapt to the needs of the future.” --SCANS (Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) Report, 1992
They are leaving high school unprepared for a workforce that is desperate for qualified candidates!
"Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century." -- Perelman
In fall 2009, Project Tomorrow surveyed over 1.85 million K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents to find out how they pictured a 21st century learning environment. Three themes for successful 21st century learning emerged.
Social-based learning Source: Speak Up Report 2009
Students want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration. Source: Speak Up Report 2009
Un-tethered learning Source: Speak Up Report 2009
Students envision technology-enabled learning experiences that transcend the classroom walls and are not limited by resource constraints. Source: Speak Up Report 2009
Digitally-rich learning Source: Speak Up Report 2009
Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as a key to driving learning productivity Source: Speak Up Report 2009
So how do we prepare our students for their future?
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