In order for students to authenticate their conceptual knowledge and truly become engaged learners, they must be given the opportunity to demonstrate what they know, and how it relates to the outside world. Likewise, students play a more active role within their learning environment by contributing their work to a larger, more comprehensive audience that not only serves as model for others, but a true representation of their personal ability, interests and performance.
And as an educator, it becomes imperative for me to not only model and teach information technology to the emerging generations, but to also provide a transparent platform for which colleagues and parents have access to and share its educational impact.
And thus, The Extended Classroom
with its appropriate acronym, ‘TEC’ was established to extend individual
learning beyond the traditional classroom environment and to enhance personal contributions.
past 25 years in technology have been the warm-up act. What we are now entering
is the MAIN EVENT which is the era in which technology will truly transform
every aspect of business, government, education and society of life."
– Alan November, founder of November Learning
The Current Climate
As of June 2011, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry (CTIA ) reported, 234 million mobile phone owners age 13 and over.
John McCarthy, an analyst at Forrester, a global research and advisory firm estimates that by 2016, 350 million workers will use smartphones — 200 million of whom will take their own devices to the workplace. By that year, consumer spending in the mobile app market will amount to $56 billion, and business spending on mobile projects will have doubled. (Chen, Brian; Feb. 2012.)
Our interest, and often need, to obtain immediate information and communication puts emphasis on our requirement to obtain essential skills to become literate, qualified researchers, and translate this knowledge to form valuable learning experiences
Below is a list of skills and behaviors P21, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for students to remain competitive within our global society has assembled as critical skills for emerging students. P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).