This year, Anthony Salcito Microsoft Vice President Worldwide Education, committed to posting a daily blog about Educators from around the world and how they are helping to change the face of learning. From his Daily Edventure blog site:
I believe that innovation in education is a worldwide challenge. With a record 210 million people out-of-work worldwide and employers reporting too few workers to hire with the right skills, governments, educational institutions and educators must focus more on education that prepares young people for the jobs market with the right skills rather than emphasizes the number of years they spend in school. At the same time, technological advances are changing job profiles and skills, while offering possibilities for accelerated learning. Additionally, the stunning rise of the middle-income countries, led by China, India, and Brazil, has intensified the desire of many nations to increase their competitiveness by building more highly skilled workforces. Great education is the cornerstone of success for our children and our economy.
Today’s Edventure is about Deirdre Butler my good friend from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ireland. It’s entitled:
Deirdre Butler’s passion in life is exploring what being digital in learning can mean. This means finding new ways for digital technology to revolutionize learning — by challenging us to examine how we learn and to question our assumptions about “traditional” models of schooling. Butler’s expertise led to her serving as a judge at Partners in Learning regional and global forums since 2006, and as lead judge at the recent European Forum in Moscow and US Forum in Seattle. We recently asked Butler about her passion for digital learning and her work in training the next generation of teachers.
Be sure to take a few minutes to see what Deirdre’s doing to help Pre and In Service Teachers develop the skills to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners.