Gallup recently worked with Microsoft Partners in Learning and the Pearson Foundation to develop a 21st Century Skills index that measured seven areas:
-real-world problem solving
-technology in learning.
There has been an increased demand to prepare young people with these skills to meet the demands of today's knowledge-based, technology driven, and globalized workplace.
The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition
Model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact
teaching and learning. It also shows a progression that adopters of
educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching
and learning with technology.
How do we advance our teaching using technology to the Transformational levels?
Michael Fullan's book, Stratosphere, is the jumping off point for this model that was created and used by one school to shift the focus to the learners.
How can we create learning opportunities "fueled by play, purpose and passion"?
How can teachers shift from facilitators of learning to "activators of learning"? ("teachers as change agent, coach, developers of team, catalysts for increased self-sufficient learners").
How do we "relentlessly strip away the non-essentials"? How shall we decide what is essential?