Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Work To Become Future Ready Never Ends

Photo via bpsedtech.org
Preparing for this morning's Future Ready Summit In Rhode Island, I decided to take a look back at some of the posts that I wrote back during the 2010-2011 school year as we made the final plans to become a 1:1 school at Burlington High School.  While I am excited by the rapidly increasing number of schools that have taken strides to ensure that their students will be "Future Ready," I know there are a lot of school communities out there struggling to the resources they need, whether it be infrastructure or other technological resources.

For me, it still centers around the same question I asked back in March of 2011...

...What type of education do we want for our kids? 

My answers are still the same as they were four years ago:

  • I want my children to learn about resources that allow them to connect and collaborate with those who share their passions/interests.
  • I want my children to be inquisitive and lead their own learning. 
  • I want my children to be responsible citizens. 

While progress sometimes seems slow in a system where there is an overemphasis on designing a better test, there are reasons for optimism. We need look no further than the Future Ready Summits as a sign that our nation's Department of Education is willing to embrace needed changes. With regional summits across the country, there are truly opportunities for all schools to get needed support in advancing the acquisition and use of digital tools.

I look forward to writing more after today's summit. But in the meantime, I embedded a Readlist of my "Becoming a 1:1 School" blog posts below.

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