Is the type of education we received as children years ago
good enough for our kids now? To answer
this question I would pose another question. Is the world that our kids face
now (and will face in the future) the same as that when we were kids?
Inevitably you will have arrived at the same conclusion that I have. The world
today is vastly different than the one we faced in the past. The world our
children will face in the future will be vastly different than the one they
A small difference? When I was a child we used imperial
measurement. Now, we use metric (admitedly, I continue to find difficulty
picturing a kilogram or a kilometer in my mind, but I have little difficulty
picturing a pound or a mile in my mind!).
A larger difference? When I was a child we used resources,
whether natural such as paper, or man-made such as plastic, with little regard
for the impact on the environment. Now I cannot step out of the local grocery
store with the ever present question in my mind about how much packaging was
used on that grocery item I just bought and do I really need a plastic bag to
hold the items that I just purchased that are already in their own plastic
The world is a different place.
So the next question to ask is what can (and should) we do
to help prepare our children for the future they face?
No doubt most people are familiar with the concept that we
as a world have gone through the Industrial Age. That wonderful time when
people accelerated their use and creation of machines to turn our natural resources
into products that serve our needs. What age are we in now?
We are in the Knowledge Age. The new business of the world
sees the value of information, expertise, and technical innovation. That is
where we ought to concentrate our efforts.
What do our children need from us? They need for us to help
them develop the skills, knowledge, and values they will need to be successful
in their future. These comprise of, but are not limited to: collaboration with
peers, global perspective, continual learning, communication, creativity,
problem solving, leadership, self-direction and flexibility. They need several
types of literacy: information literacy, media literacy, information and
communication technology literacy, and digital literacy. In its simplest form,
they need to learn to use digital tools (properly with guidance) to help them
prepare for what the future holds.
This brings us to schooling. For students to gain all the
“literacy” skills they need, they must use the tools of the Knowledge Age.
Ipads are one such tool that promote these skills.
The teachers at our school are committed to promoting the
use of ipad technology with students to help prepare students. To this end we
have included this in our School Growth Plan and have committed valuable
Professional Day time and effort into expanding our own knowledge and skills in
Last year we were fortunate enough to apply to our school
district and granted a set of ipads to use at our school with an ipad pilot
project team. This small group of educators used the devices in their classroom
and were able to come to some conclusions on the values of using the tool for
students as well as work out some of the logistics that inevitably come with
introducing something new. Furthermore, these teachers have begun providing
support to their colleagues in introducing this tool to their students. Their
leadership is invaluable.
The PAC was generous and by the end of the year had
fundraised and donated a portion of money that we were then able to spend and
purchase more ipads to increase our ability for more students to access this
technology. Those ipads are now in the school.
As the Information Age continues to expand, the firm belief
is that in order for students to be prepared for their future, they must use
the tools of the Information Age.
As always, we thank you for your support.