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The Future of Educational Technology - Education 3.0

by Stephen T. McClard -


Thinking of what education might look like in the next decade, one quickly realizes that the trends in technology are leaving a large number of our students behind. We no longer live in an age of visible movement when it comes to progress and innovation. Today is an age of exponential change. New and ever-improving technologies are popping up every day and in every corner of society.

It Will Take A Teacher

     “For 31 years I have stood in front of a classroom and looked into children’s faces. From that perspective I see what they sometimes fail to see – potential. A lot of students don’t see their own potential because they are blinded by their faults. The greatest role of a teacher is to reflect back to students the light you see in their eyes.”

Approaches to Debating Current Issues: The Cross Examination Debate Format

     Debating current issues is a great way to develop a student’s critical thinking skills and maximize student participation in the classroom.  Successful debates involve the selection of audience centered topics.  In preparation for the debates students utilize research from library databases and the internet.  On the day of the debate students should bring copies of research, notes, and speech outlines.  

Extended School Day and what it could mean for students and parents

There is push in the UK for all schools to offer an extended school day by 2012. This follows evidence from the United States where extending the school day to 10 hours has provided dramatic results. Some underprivileged schools there have managed to increase the percentage of their students going on to college from 10% to 80%. It is hoped that an extended school day will have similarly dramatic results in the UK.

Warning: Constructivism Wants YOU

Parents need to know about Constructivism. Coming soon to a school near you. Be afraid.  

Teachers need to think about this thing, coming soon to change your professional life, probably for the worse. (Instead of teaching, you’ll be facilitating. You’ll be asking students about their prior knowledge, presumably minimal. Won’t that be fun?)