Thursday, October 23, 2008

'Learning 2.0' Brings Schools into the Digital Age

As we planned the work of our office this year I was very excited about proposing that our mission be to develop School 2.0's made up of 2.0 leading, teaching and learning. The idea is that it's our job to bring education out of the darkness of a world without 21st century tools and into the 2.0 world in which we live and our students are growing up.

Sadly I had to part with this concept as our office was taking a different direction, but the idea of Learning 2.0 is surging strong and doing so in our schools. When I was contacted by the Village Voice to recommend schools where web 2.0 tools were the norm in helping to advance 21st Century learning CIS 339 quickly came to mind along with a few others, IS 93, Cavallero, and MS 202. These are some of the schools I work with that are making impressive strides in bringing education into the 21st Century.

I invite you to take a look at the Village Voice's coverage of the story 'Learning 2.0' Brings Schools into the Digital Age. Unlike some other press stories such as last year's
Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops - New York Times this reporter is covering stories of technology gone right. The difference between the schools featured in each of the two stories is the structures and supports for success that were put in place. The aforementioned schools all have a school technology coach, and on site technician, iSquad student support teams, extensive professional development and visionary leadership which includes using tools like a 21st Century Classroom Visit Rubric for use when observing classes. Together these are some of the key ingredients to ensure success in Learning 2.0. I'm looking forward to continuing to help establish schools that can be targeted for more positive celebration of technology done right in education.

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