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Living on the Future Edge: Windows on Tomorrow Paperback – Sep 10 2010
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"Technology has changed how we get information, how we entertain ourselves, how we communicate with others, how we do our work, how we teach, and how we learn. This book is also about why you as an individual and as a teacher must change the way you look at the world." -- Ian Jukes, Author "This inspirational work empowers us with tools, ideas, and a sense of urgency to apply 21st century fluencies into our practice." -- Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, Department Chair "The authors take you to the edge of technological innovation and give you a glimpse of a future bearing down on us like a freight train. Thankfully, they provide perspective to help steer that train and take it some place desirable. It's a wild educational ride that will allow you to see the future in new, more helpful ways." -- Jason Ohler, Author "This book should be used as "The Big Read" for the entire learning community." -- Meg Ormiston, Author "This book helps all of us-educators, researchers, and parents-cross over to meet the needs of our children in this age of the "knowledge society". Everyone should delve into this book!" -- Kim Ibach, Educational Team Leader "The authors have laid out a vision that educational leaders can use as a blueprint to advance 21st century skills in today's students. Educators worldwide can benefit from their insight to develop the integration of technologies and improve student learning." -- Brian Talbott, Executive Director
About the Author
Ted McCain is coordinator of instructional technology for Maple Ridge Secondary School in Vancouver, BC. He also has taught computer networking, graphic design, and desktop publishing for Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC. He is the author of six books on the future, effective teaching, educational technology, and graphic design. In 1997, McCain received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence for his work in developing a real-world technology curriculum that prepares students for employment in technology directly out of high school. For the past twenty years, McCain has done consulting work for businesses and school districts on effective teaching for the digital generation and the implementation of instructional technology. His clients have included Apple Computer, Microsoft, Aldus, and Toyota, as well as many school districts and educational associations in both the United States and Canada. He is passionate in his belief that schools must change so that they can effectively prepare students for the rest of their lives. Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and online training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations. Over the past 10 years, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 7,000 presentations, typically speaking to between 300,000 and 350,000 people a year. His Committed Sardine Blog is read by more than 78,000 people in 75 countries. Lee Crockett is a national award-winning designer, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, artist, author, and international keynote speaker. He is the director of media for the InfoSavvy Group and the managing partner of the 21st Century Fluency Project. Lee is a "just in time learner" who is constantly adapting to the new programs, languages, and technologies associated with today's communications and marketing media. Understanding the need for balance in our increasingly digital lives, Lee has lived in Kyoto, Japan, where he studied Aikido and the tea ceremony, as well as Florence, Italy, where he studied painting at the Accademia D'Arte.
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This book is written by educators. That is a fatal flaw as the viewpoint of educator disseminating knowledge to students is flawed. Still the messaging from the book signals the beginnings, however impure, of an awareness of 'learner-centered knowledge development.' That's a positive development. For that reason and for the chapter; New Skills for a New World, I gave the book a positive rating.
If you have interest in how we might better think about learning/prepare learners for the future, I suggest watching Sugata Mitra's Build a School in the Cloud video presentation: [...]