It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate

It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why…

Just over ten years ago, Karl Fisch wrote a blog post that has stuck with me through the years. In it, he asked if it was OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher. Even though we’ve learned greatly in the last decade about the merits of using technology to replace teachers, I think Karl’s arguments back then are even more relevant today.

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind – The Hechinger Report

A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions. Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The digital divide is much wider than you think

The digital divide is much wider than you think

The New York Times recently chronicled how Detroit’s increasing economic recovery has stalled for its most impoverished residents – one in four of the city’s 689,000 have no broadband, leaving those who are part of the city’s 11 percent employment rate struggling to find gainful work due to lack of education, fewer entry level jobs, and sub-par transportation options, increasingly disadvantaged.

It’s better to understand something than to know it

It’s better to understand something than to know it

“Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same. Each is a distinct mental state involving cognitive grasp: Knowing is static, referring to discrete facts, while understanding is active, describing the ability to analyze and place those facts in context to form a big picture. Without knowledge, understanding is impossible.