Educational leaders are devoted to providing a
student-centered educational program that strives for
excellence. Through the development of technology
skills, students will be better prepared to successfully
complete his/her education as well as become life-
long learners. These learned technology skills will be
the catalyst to prepare students to become effective
citizens whom are globally aware, intellectually
competitive and responsive to community.
A Nation at Risk
•A Reporter spoke 10 years ago of how we sit in
education like deformed plastic that waits to
crack instead of making change.
•Low time on task, teacher performance, fiscal
reports and issues with preparation tracks…
•Twenty years later, we have some of the same
We Need True Stakeholders
•Statistics and world reports show a shift in jobs
world-wide moving away from an industrial world
and toward a technology rich connected world of
jobs where qualifications are far more weighted
than the ability to carry out physical labor.
•By ignoring the “new” job market, we ignore the
future of a nation of people and the security of our
•Promising verses action…we need to act now.
Learners will be Future Stakeholder...
We Have Heard this Before…
•“The safety of the US depends on witt (imagination),
skill (ability to take on difficult tasks and work through
them) and spirit (willingness to engage with important
issues)” A Nation at Risk Report.
•If we are to create an ideal vision of students giving
back to the community because they become
stakeholders in it, then we all have to be true
stakeholders...or again we fall on deaf ears.
In 2004 students were quoted expressing
what they Desire:
•"Hire people to keep the computers running, give us more
bandwidth and less firewall, enable hookups from home, give the
teachers more training and give us more computer classes. We're also
interested in ITV and online classes."
•In 2010 we have put technology position, put more rigorous
stipulations on firewalls rather than using the interests of students to
teach in the way they desire to learn.
•What have we done in response? In 2010, we cut several media
and technology positions, lost 21st century teachers, fed a splintered
disassociated curriculum to a hungry student body and in this way
disassociated the adults from students
•The problem is that every stakeholder cannot rely on policy at
the federal or state level or even funding for that matter. They
have to rely on stakeholders to move from “promise to practice.”
•Who are they? We are they. I am they…you are they.
We are they.
The only way to discover the
limits of the possible is to go
beyond them to the
impossible.Arthur C. Clarke, "Technology and the Future"
What are you willing to do?
Where are we going...?
• We are moving away from teacher as the
classroom leader and teacher as the
guide through lessons and moving towards
the teacher as a facilitator of learning
and lesson designer.
• Students are engaging in exploratory rather
than teacher guided lessons.
• Student collaboration is a key fundamental
in teaching and learning.
How do we get there...?
Questioning that promotes higher
level order thinking.
Opportunities for student collaboration
across classes, grades, schools and
Technology facilitated as a tool to student engagement
Lesson plans designed with no clear expectations to allow
thinking outside of the box.
Stakeholders that buy into the larger picture with action
In the 21st century, we must put our student's needs
above our comfort and ease. We must teach
students in a way that meets their needs by starting
with them in mind. Students should be making
decisions about how they learn, what the learn,
where they learn and even when they learn. Only
when students are involved in the decision making
process will they start to buy into their learning.
• Flexibility-to be able to use a variety of software as it is
• Communication-to use a variety of modalities to learn
• Collaboration-to work with others in the same room, across
the country and around the world
• Awareness-understanding local and global cultures
• Problem Solving-think outside the box to find solutions that
may have not been solved by anyone else
• Innovation-to create answers to questions that have not yet
• Media Literacy-to be able to discern fact from fiction
• Core subject knowledge
Life Long Learners
We have to instill into students the value and
necessity of life long learning. We have to
show students that the knowledge we have
now may not be the most important
knowledge in the future. If we encourage
students to be life long learners they will keep
current as trends change.
Students have to be aware and knowledgeable about other
cultures and environments besides their own. If students are
going to be competitive with other nations they must
understand their competition.
Many students are not exposed to cultures beyond their own.
This is one of the responsibilities of a 21st century classroom-
not just telling students about other cultures but giving them
opportunities to experience them.
The United States has declined in years past
in the areas of Mathematics and Science. If
we are to be competitive in a global society
we must increase the rigor in all academic
areas to be intellectually competitive with
those who have surpassed U.S. students.
As a nation and as a state we have a common goal and in
essence a common vision. However, we do not implement
the visions the same. Even in the same state counties are
drastically different in how the vision of the state is
interpreted. In some counties schools are not equal in
terms of equipment, professional development and
If we expect our students to compete globally we need to
give ALL students the same opportunities for success.
How do we get the stakeholders to buy in?
Who are the stakeholders?
Teachers, principals, parents and community members.
How can we get them to buy in?
We need to show our teachers, parents, principals and community
members that since we are moving at such a fast pace in technology
that we need to commit to keeping and involving our students in the
They will some day be the stakeholders of our communities.
By being stakeholders, we teach them to take stock in their world.
We need to show the stakeholders what will happen to our
children if we don't take action now and commit to creating 21st
Many continue to believe that because our budget is becoming
less and less that we need cuts in the most important fields of
learning. Our plan is to show these teachers how affect
technology can be not only for the students, but also for the
Teachers are becoming facilitators and students are guiding
their own way through exploring the technology and learning from
it. This is what the children need in order to compete in the 21st
century with other people from other more advanced countries.