At the TIES conference this morning, keynote speaker Kurt Steinhaus, education consultant to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, spoke to conference attendees about trends in Educational Technology and ways to influence policy makers.
He quoted a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association, ISTE and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills that spoke of the need for schools to incorporate 21st Century Skills, provide Robust leadership, and support inovative teaching and learning.
He talked about moving from STEM to StTtEtMt where technology is used as an essential part of learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
A few weeks ago, Dr. Steinhaus visited several schools around Minnesota, including South View Middle and Normandale. He quoted Stillwater educator Milt Doroughty who said, "If our curriculum continues to be about information, our students don't need us. If it's about personal development, then they need us desperately!"
Steinhaus concluded his presentation giving practical ideas for influencing policy makers to improve support for technology in education.
Click here, to see the wiki page that includes his PowerPoint.
Here's another set of notes from the presentation.