Preparing students for the new economy on #EastCoastEd

As an educator I often like to take a step back and look at the big picture by asking myself questions. One such question that has been on my mind lately is whether or not we are effectively preparing today’s students for an economy that is continually transforming. Last night’s #EastCoastEd conversation gave me a considerable amount of information to digest, and has encouraged me to evaluate what opportunities we provide our students.

I’ve been lucky enough to witness the value of the Entrepreneurship course when taught by a passionate teacher. In some cases this course serves as a catalyst for students to choose a different path. Finding relevance in the curriculum is often difficult for students, and many of them have a hard time seeing the world beyond the walls of their classrooms.

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Social Media & Connected Learning on #EastCoastEd

Some of the ideas that came out of the discussion (a cross section of which can be seen below) have given me reason to reflect on my own practice of social media use. The varied perspective of last night’s contributors has encouraged me to find new platforms like Zaption, as well as to identify how the various stakeholders value these tools. Parents, students, teachers or administrators can leverage the advantages of these devices to their advantage. However the one group that always stands out to me are students. So what did we learn last night?

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