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What constitutes a 21st-century education? The answers vary (Walser, 2008), but 10 states have already adopted the framework used by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.21stcenturyskills.org), and more states are preparing to do so. The Partnership’s Framework for 21st Century Learning specifies student outcomes in four areas:
Student Response System, Hardware, $1,350/set of 24, $1,785/set of 40
When the first analog document cameras were invented in the late 1970,s, they provided an easier way to display documents to a class by using a television screen or video projector instead of overhead projectors and transparency sheets. Today’s digital document cameras are so versatile they are often referred to more accurately as “visual presenters,” because their high-resolution, high-magnification zoom digital cameras, internal memory, full-motion video capture, network connectivity and other features enable much more than documents to be part of a presentation.
The Irony of Prizes
I had seen the write-up about the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education given to the Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District (Editor’s Letter, December 2008). I was unaware that the district had not met NCLB requirements. Is it true that the district refused to test its students with authenticated objective tests of their academic achievement?
Patrick Groff, professor of education emeritus, San Diego State University
Editor’s note: The district’s NCLB status will be explained in an upcoming issue.