Helping Teachers Create Dynamic, Engaging Classrooms for Student
It is an honor to play a part in empowering people to transform education so we can better prepare our students for the future. We’re inspired by the potential of technology as the foundation for change. And we love working with you to make our shared aspirations a reality. Created by educators, for educators, our resources are designed to help passionate teachers integrate technology effectively into their curriculum to engage students and help them reach their full potential.
Helps Drive Student Achievement and Economic Empowerment
The ubiquity of technology is changing the world we live in at an ever-increasing rate. As a result, new industries are emerging, world-changing innovations are deploying, and new jobs are being create. Today, businesses, even entire industries, can sometimes rise and fall in a relatively short period of time. These changes, while exciting, also put growing pressure on youth to develop skills that will prepare them to keep pace with the evolving opportunities.
Our successful response starts with education. Today’s students will be the innovators of tomorrow, and if our schools and teachers are to adequately prepare them, new instructional approaches, skills, and pedagogies will be needed. Educators are the heart of this process, and we must provide them the tools and support they require to successfully contribute to educational transformation that improves student outcomes.
Innovation is opening up new avenues for learning and economic empowerment for millions around the world. Those willing to lead will set themselves apart by helping define how we turn these opportunities into real and lasting progress.
Preparing Teachers to Lead The Way
Current global employment numbers are not encouraging. The International Labour Organization estimates that 75 millions young people are currently unemployed worldwide. In a frustrating paradox, companies actually have jobs to fill, underscoring a nagging skills gap among job seekers.
New pedagogies, new opportunities
Clearly, changes are needed in what is taught and how it is evaluated so that educators can better align teaching and learning to 21st century skills. They must also acquire new skills of their own to address a growing list of new teaching styles and pedagogies, including:
- Mobile learning
- Blended learning
- Project-based learning
- Differentiated learning
- Online learning, including massive open online courses (MooCs)
While driving many of these changes, technology also an effective means for responding. New hardware, new software, new devices, and other innovations can equip us to better and more rapidly direct this educational evolution and respond to new and emerging opportunities for student success.
Professional Development at Work
How can educators design and practice teaching and learning that leads to more successful futures for all students?
The New Pedagogies for Deep Learning project offers one way. The international, multifaceted collaboration aims to demonstrate how the potential for deep learning can be realized through new methodologies and accelerated by technology. Deep learning includes:
- Character education
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and imagination
Grounded in a strategy of purposeful learning by doing, the effort seeks to cultivate the most promising cases of new teaching approaches and deep learning. The goals go far beyond the essentials of literacy and numeracy and will require new approaches to teaching and learning.
Pieces of The Training Puzzle
Formal systems for ongoing professional development are critical to the educational transformation necessary to move education forward across the planet. An effective strategy for development includes:
- Structures and resources to support recruitment of promising teachers
- High-quality teacher preparation programs
- Ongoing, collegial professional learning, often folded into the school day and in professional learning communities.
- An openness on the part of educators for growth and change, often fostered in part by a school culture that actively engages teachers in a professional learning community focused on continuous improvement.