Throughout my career in education, teaching has been prodded, pushed, tweaked, nudged, and reformed. I author a K-12 Technology Curriculum. Each time I update it, I include a list of what has changed since the last update, something like:
- Windows updated its platform—twice.
- Student work is often collaborative and shared.
- Student work is done anywhere; it must be synced and available across multiple platforms, devices.
- Keyboarding skills are critical, especially to summative year-end testing.
- Technology is the norm, but teacher training isn’t.
- Education is focused on college and career with tech an organic, transformative tool.
- Teachers have moved from ‘sage on the stage’ to ‘guide on the side’.
- Students have been raised on digital devices. They want to use them as learning tools.
- Using technology is no longer what ‘geeky’ students do. It’s what all students want to do.
- Printing is being replaced with sharing and publishing.
- More teachers want to try technology authentically.
These are big enough to require an updated curriculum, but now, according to US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, it may be time for a huge reset. Read this article and see if you agree:
With Few Details But Big Ideas, Sec. Cardona Pushes Total Reimagining of Education
Education is closer to a reset than ever before, US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Wednesday during a keynote address at the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas. During his address, Cardona said part of this shift must include providing more support for students and meeting the needs of teachers.
Ask a Tech Teacher has posted a plethora of articles about game-changers in education. Here are a few of them:
- 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020
- 14 Education Advancements in a Year
- Tech That Won’t Survive 2018
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
5 thoughts on “Is Education Due for a Reset”
There’s some good ideas in that article. Education definitely needs a reset.
It has been a lot more effective in the US in the past. We change, but not always for the better I fear. Time to do something about that!
I agree! Those making the decisions need to listen to those who know! That would be a good place to start.
I agree that a reset is needed specifically based on pre-pandemic teaching practices. However without support to transition teachers to a 21st model of education including moving away from grading every assignment, testing, testing, testing, not much is going to change. In talking to some educators, their colleagues are going back to the same model of instruction. Fortunately many teachers have realized that grading practices have to be changed, more focus on student agency, and both student and teacher mental health is important.
Agreed, Christian. Something just isn’t working well anymore.
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