New technology making it into classrooms is a big topic of discussion among school superintendents, in our province.
The College of Alberta School Superintendents met this past week, in Edmonton.
Executive Director Barry Litun told the Alberta Morning News, students are bringing more devices to school to help with their studies.
“One of the changes I see, that I’ve seen in the latter part of my career, is that more and more young people have thier own devices,” said Litun. “And so, really, many schools are being set up so that they have a wireless infrastructure to allow students to use their own devices, particularly at the, let’s say, middle, junior high and high school levels.”
Alberta remains at the forefront of accomidating this paradigm shift, as our provincial SuperNet ensures Internet access to all of our schools.
Litun said there’s been a fundamental shift in teaching over the years, thanks to technology.
“One of our thought leaders actually had a classic line, he said ‘education must shift, to a position where we are teaching students how to learn, how to learn.'”
“In other words, we’re not just teaching them ‘stuff,’ but we’re teaching them how to continue learning, because that is so critical,” Litun explained. “There’s never going to be that day where people say ‘well I’ve learned enough, and I know everything I need to know.'”