I recently came across a WSJ article that talked about how employers need applicants to have "soft skills", like problem solving. In the education world, we know these as "21st Century Skills". Technology can aid in promoting these skills. Below I've compiled a list of ways technology can aid in these soft skills.
With the bigger and bigger push for technology in the classroom, it's important to remember that good pedagogy shouldn't be replaced by a device.
I was in a classroom last week where the teacher was discussion The Catcher In the Rye. He had students analyzing different passages and putting them into one of three categories: "new hope, corruption, innocence". The only technology that was being used was the SmartBoard, but this could've been done on the chalk board. It was a wonderful lesson!
Technology doesn't make a lesson better automatically, but it can. Just remember, pedagogy first.
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I watched this TED talk and read the book 'Curriculum 21" by the speaker. It completely blew up my idea of education and how I taught. When she asked the question, "What year are you preparing your students for...1996 or 2020?" I really had to do some soul-searching as to how I teach and what I require of students.
I encourage you to watch it! It's worth the few minutes it takes to watch the video (just watch it over lunch one day!).