A post-literate age?

Have you ever heard the phrase “post-literate age?” I personally had never heard the concept before reading Christopher Doyle’s article in Education Week. The idea in general, however, is not foreign to me. The discussion regarding society moving away from literacy to more simplified technological mediums is a very prevalent and controversial topic.

In the article, Doyle focuses on how his students turn to books less and less. He says, “Books, long idealized as foundational shapers of intellect, no longer mold young people’s minds. While continuing to tout their merits, educators marginalize books and have not come to grips with the book’s declining role in society. Over the last few years, my high school students’ facility for print culture has atrophied markedly.” To the older generation, this is a concern. We learned our skills and knowledge from textbooks. It was the focal point of our learning. Because it is how we are used to education, we are concerned when our younger generation seems to disregard those important tools.

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The new kids on the block

As you’re going through lesson plans this summer and prepping for the upcoming school year, you might be surprised to know that some of the most advanced educational tools for developing creativity … are right in your kids’ toy bin. Read more »

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Technology in the classroom: A puzzle we all need to solve

There are many tools in a teacher’s tool kit, and technology may be one of the most indispensable as well as one of the most problematic. During the last few months alone, the educational market has become saturated with online resources, e-readers, apps, and interactive whiteboards. This shift toward electronic learning has left many parents, teachers, and administrators scratching their heads. In some cases, the conversation has gotten quite polarized. Just yesterday I found the following two messages right next to each other on Twitter’s #edchat:

“Looking for easy to use tech tools for teachers who may or may not have ever embraced technology before. Suggestions?”

“If you can read this, thank a teacher… not a LAPTOP!”

The first message came from an inquisitive teacher hoping to successfully fold technological tools into his curriculum. The second came from a passionate teacher who didn’t want fellow educators to forget the all-important human element amid all the e-learning. Both, I think, are very much aware of technology’s changing role in education.

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The State of the Union address

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation in his State of the Union speech. In case you missed it, you can watch the speech in its entirety at the end of this post.

Education is always an important issue for government, and President Obama talked about it extensively Tuesday night, emphasizing the need to invest in education and technology and return the United States to a place of global prominence when it comes to educating our citizens.

We really enjoyed this Wordle created by Richard Byrne on the Free Technology for Teachers blog:

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