Technology has changed lives in a number of meaningful ways. It has unleashed a great transformation that has allowed access to information and services through a swipe or a click. While the new technology has fueled innovation in the consumer sector, widespread and effective usage in our nation’s public schools lags dangerously.
Families can order dinner with the click of a button on a smartphone or computer, but teachers are still wiping chalk off blackboards. Newspapers and magazines are delivered to tablets every morning, but students study from texts that become outdated as soon as they are released. Co-workers work in real time to complete complex tasks on opposite coasts, but classrooms often cannot effectively connect subject areas.
Unfortunately, the U.S. education system is a decade late on entering the new century. It must catch up, and quickly, in order to ensure that all students — especially low-income students and students of color — graduate from high school ready for college and a career.