...to the Cross School Seminar on Integrating Technology for the fall/winter sessions of 2010-2011.

Our Essential Question

What impact does information technology have on teaching and learning in 2010?

“Integrating technology is not about technology – it is primarily about content and effective instructional practices. Technology involves the tools with which we deliver content and implement practices in better ways. Its focus must be on curriculum and learning. Integration is defined not by the amount or type of technology used, but by how and why it is used.”
 Rodney Earl of the Northwest Educational Consortium

Every child in American needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century. There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces. To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills into their teaching and learning. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=195&Itemid=183#why_students

“Anecdotal evidence and research suggest that teachers' integration of digital tools into instruction is sporadic. Many young people's reliance on digital technology in their outside lives stands in sharp contrast to their limited use of it in school."
 A Digital Decade.  Education Week , 3/29/2007, Vol. 26, Issue 30

Gary's Social Media Count - What's happening right now in terms of blogging, tweeting, uploading video, making money on Facebook, etc? Gary Hayes has written an app that displays real time data. Don't blink...