The blog article that got our attention was Google finds STEM skills aren't the most important skills… really?!!!
But let's look closer at this topic and maybe even read the original study! Read More...
I don't think anyone would question that soft skills are important to businesses that innovating and creating. Whether you could say they are more important than technical knowledge is really questionable though! It isn't an either/or situation; the synergy is found in individuals that possess both soft and technical skills.
Developing A Healthy Self-Image
Here is the story of one STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activity for creating stronger students.
Early in my teaching career, I heard students say things such as:
- I am not good at (subject area).
- I cannot do (subject).
- This makes no sense to me.
- I am not a (subject) person.
The students had reached a self-image wall: Read More...
Their self-image had gone from Let's Try! –> to –> I can't!
Ironically, when one considers the definition, it is really not a pleasant term.
I just hope that by sharing this one more time, one more place that we can move the pendulum back to a more centrist position. We -the public, the citizens- should be involved and aware of the Public Education System – whether we have or don't have children:
- Public education is a large part of the state and local budget. You are paying for this. It is an an expensive endeavor.
- Public education is one of the answers to social stability. (Notice I didn't say the answer.)
Reflect on how different this world is from 10 years ago - before smart phone / tablet technology. Or how different the world is from 20 years ago with the eruption of the World Wide Web; or 30 years ago with the personal (consumer) computer revolution. How we communicate, learn from and with each other, collaborate, research, shop, aggregate, curate, discern… almost everything is very different. We cannot expect to teach as we were taught.
Granted, there is considerable disparity between schools, school systems and segments of societies. Most classrooms, most days are not significantly different today than they were 40 years ago, especially with regard to what the students are doing. At educational conferences, we see great examples of modern learning activities, but there is that nagging feeling that this only represents a small group of students and often only for a week or two out of the entire year.
My essential question after attending the tech conferences is:
How do we enhance education in a systemic fashion, and sustainable fashion?
Earlier this year, a good friend and fellow ADE Lucy Gray published an About.com article: Tips for Educational Technology Coaches that provided some great suggestions about pursuing excellence as a Technology Leader in the local school.
For me this article triggered a question:
Do education policy makers recognize just how important a Technology Specialist, Technology Integrator, or Technology Innovation Coach is at the local school level?