Technology cannot replace the teacher
by Mike Ribble
In the classroom, technology provides many opportunities to research, communicate, and understand the world around us with new tools and ideas that we never had before. There are some outside the education field who say, “Why can’t the technology teach the students?” or “Why do we need highly educated and expensive teachers in the classroom if a computer can do the same thing?”
Teaching is no longer one-directional
by Mike Ribble
For years in education, the process of teaching has been largely one-directional. The idea was to have students sit and absorb as much information from the instructor as possible, and then share that information back for the test. Many technologies have been the same way. We sit and listen to the radio, read the paper, and watch TV. In the past decade, our technology has been changing us and those around us to become participants, to have some say in what we see, read, and hear. Educators realize the power of this possibility in schools.
The traditional classroom is obsolete
by Dr. Luvelle Brown
Contemporary learners deserve learning spaces that meet their individual and collective needs. To meet this challenge, educational leaders must provide physical and cultural environments that are empowering and engaging
Honoring education through the National Blue Ribbon Program
Forgive me as I butcher a borrowed quote from Shakespeare, but “...I’ve come to praise public education, not bury it”.
In 1982, The US Department of Education created The National Blue Ribbon Program, a celebration of high standards in which schools in each state are honored for their excellence.
In March 2014, Lightspeed Technologies joined the sponsors of the Maryland Blue Ribbon Program, which is steered by the steady hand of Dr. Darla Strouse, Executive Director of Partner and Recognition Programs, Maryland State Department of Education. I was lucky enough to be invited to the party mid-way in the yearlong celebration for the Blue Ribbon Honorees (which started the previous fall).
There are numerous criteria for a school to be honored, and a lot of public schools are up for consideration. No more than six may be chosen, however.
The other day, I made the mistake, or perhaps had the good fortune, of telling someone I met that I help my company design products for educators by collaborating with teachers and students in classrooms.
This guy fired back, “How could you possibly develop complex devices by working with educators and kids who know nothing about designing technology products?”