02.15.2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Education and technology experts reveal their vision of 21st century learning to CFW Clients

On Tuesday, February 8th, CFW sponsored an Executive Technology Briefing to discuss the successes and challenges of utilizing technology in the classroom to increase academic achievement. The briefing invited superintendents, board members, and chief technology officers to hear from educators, leading technology providers and former administrators about the use of handheld digital devices to transform the curriculum. Speakers discussed their vision for 21st century classrooms that utilize technology to increase engagement, collaboration, and individualized learning in order to prepare students for the globalized and connected world.

Participants traveled the solar system, interacted with 3-D renderings of chemical elements, and attended a virtual lecture in the United Kingdom without leaving their seats. Using applications developed for handheld devices, participants were engaged in a rich learning environment that utilized text, graphics, movies and recordings. The demonstration illustrated the ubiquitous nature of information in the 21st century and the abundance of instructional resources now available for use by educators and students.

The briefing addressed the changing role of schools in the information age. Participants communicated the need to make a philosophical shift in order to transform schools into catalysts for learning as opposed to repositories of information. Technology was presented as a way to cultivate this transition by providing students open access to information and digital resources on a 24x7x360° basis.

The Executive Technology Briefing is a component of CFW’s Technology Initiative which invites districts and technology leaders to discuss ways in which technology can be employed to realize desired educational objectives such as increased levels of engagement, achievement and subject mastery in K-12 education. To learn more about CFW’s Technology Initiative, or ways in which your district could participate, please contact Jeremy Cogan at (510) 596-8180.

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