This Wednesday at 7:30 PM at 90 Park Avenue in Belmont. Alyson Geary will lead a discussion on Technology in Education.

America’s schools today are changing – or at least they are trying to. The problem is that it is impossible to completely shut them down while we figure out a new model that works. Instead, we are repairing the plane in flight, so to speak, by examining the way schools have been organized for the last 100 years and trying to change that model.

Technology is certainly a lever in this change, but there are many other facets that researchers are calling the “21st Century Skills” that all students need before they graduate from high school. Educating children is no longer about what they know – it is about what they can do with what they know, rather than the knowledge itself. Because kids now have information at their fingertips, there is more focus on how they can process, apply, analyze and create with that information in order to prepare them for jobs that may not have even been created yet. There is a growing body of research and evidence that one way to disrupt the traditional model of schools is to put a computer in the hand of every student in order to put them at the center of their own learning process.

Essential Questions for this dialogue include:

1. How are schools changing in the 21st century?
2. What skills do children need to make them successful in our future world?
3. How can technology disrupt the current educational process and assist students in gaining the skills they need?

Here are some current articles and resources you may find helpful in studying this topic:

How To Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century

If We Didn’t Have the Schools We Have Today, Would We Create the Schools We Have Today? (This one is quite long, but very good – so you may want to skim it)

One-to-One Transforms Teaching and Learning in Klein, Texas

Framework for 21st Century Learning

Also, for reference, Clayton Christensen’s latest book “Disrupting Class – How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.