Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dear Secretary Spellings

The US Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, is asking for your input on the role of technology in education. I have chosen to focus my comments (at least my first contribution) on the area of Web 2.0 and global competition. Let the Secretary hear from you too, by clicking here.

In what ways can technology help us prepare our children for global competition and reach our goals of eliminating achievement gaps and having all students read and do math on grade level by 2014?

Dear Secretary Spellings,

I believe that technology in the hands of innovative teachers uniquely addresses global competition in education. Web 2.0 technology such as blogs, wikis, and moderated social networks can expose students to global content in an authentic way. Here is one example, The Flat Classroom Project.

In international online projects, American students interact with students and teachers from other parts of the world. They learn about cultural differences and similarities. They share content learning between the two groups and make it relevant to their personal experience. Teachers see first hand the differences in education between the United States and other nations, giving them the opportunity to adapt their own practice. Educational leaders at the local, state, and national level must highlight best practices in the area of global connectedness to encourage innovation.


Laura B. Fogle

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