Monday, January 10, 2011
The key concept that sticks out in my mind after reading this book is how fast technology continues to change... and how we as educators need to prepare our students to enter a 21st century workforce. On p. 25, the book states that "The speed at which the underlying information and communications technologies are developing are truly astounding. Computer microchips continue to double their processing speed every 18 months.... the density of data we can store doubles every 12 months." These are just a few examples the book gives on the amazing, everchanging technological world. It is hard for me to grasp the advancement of techology, but I know it's there. I can recall learning powerpoint, excel, access, and word just a few years ago. Now, there are numerous other programs available to teach students. I beleive it is also important as we're teaching 21st century skills that they are relevant to what students will see in the workforce. Many of the skills are geared toward communication and collaboration. It amazes me how much technology is used in a typical workday simply to communicate with coworkers. I am convinced after reading this book that it is vital for educators to keep abreast of the newest 21st century skills and pass those skills on to our future generation.