3) Reform teaching methods"A massive amount of research has made it clear how people learn and don't learn. All human beings learn by doing, analyzing, talking, processing, and problem-solving. Talking at kids never has been and never will be an effective way to help them learn." (Reeder, from Salpeter, 2003)
The most difficult hurdle to overcome in the pursuit of these new educational goals will be to change the way we teach. Change will not come easily. There are approximately 285,700 public school teachers in Florida, many of whom teach as they were taught a generation ago by educators who emulated their own teachers: the "sage on a stage." When teachers comfortable with this "broadcast" method of teaching first encounter technology, they are likely to envision students learning from the technology in the same way that they expect students to learn from their teachers.
For years, however, educators have realized that relying solely on the "sage on a stage" or "broadcast" method of teaching was not ideal. This is especially true now that the millennial generation of students has arrived in our schools. Today's students often come to school with more technological sophistication and experience than their teachers. Many have greater access to technology at home than they do at school. They use the Internet to communicate across boundaries and to access a repository of information and ideas unimaginable to their teachers a few short years ago. Today's students expect their school assignments to be relevant, challenging, and related to the real world. They value problem solving, communication, and the chance to collaborate as adults do in real world occupations.
Yesterday's methodologies will not work with today's students.