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Interesting slide show about education in the future

Posted Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 6:55 AM

This takes a few minutes to view, but it sure is thought provoking about how fast the needs of our students is changing and what might be needed in the future.


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Those classes sound GREAT. I may be wrong and I would love to find out that I am, but I do not think Bedford County offers this selection. Am I wrong?

There is so much opportunity for young people in the 'virtual world' and many bright kids do not want to go on to a 4 year college where they have to go through 2 years of basics again.

Our daughter graduated with honors but is extremely bored and antsy to "get going", so I do not know if she will see it through the second year of college. I sure wish they would be more flexible and allow students to get into the stuff they love faster.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 9:59 AM

I teach in Rutherford County.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Feb 29, 2008, at 12:03 PM

I have been out of HS for eight years now, and wow has it changed!

I am really happy to hear the school system offering more vocational classes, and computer learning classes!

Jack4me, where do you teach?

-- Posted by Mary on Fri, Feb 29, 2008, at 11:36 AM

The most important computer science classes in high school are Algebra I and II, Trig, and Calculus. Programming is fun to learn and doesn't require a class to learn the basics. Most computer science programs teach the basics using C++. To get started on your own I recommend downloading Visual C++ Express http://www.microsoft.com/express/vc/ and buying a beginners C++ book or visiting a tutorial page like http://www.cplusplus.com/doc/tutorial/.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 7:56 PM

Yes, high school. There are basic classes like keyboarding, although here it is preferred that is completed in middle school and I suspect it won't be offered for credit much longer. It's a skill needed before high school. Then there's user-program classes for MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint and Frontpage which is usually tied to students who work on the yearbook. We started offering a Virtual Enterprise class where students build a business using internet tools. I don't know all the details of that class. It is on the Marketing/Business vocational track, although it is open to any student who wants to take it and has had marketing classes. Economics still has the same standards, but I would think a good econ teacher would include e-commerce in studies. Our English teachers encourage/require papers and other work to be submitted electronically.

Teachers are encouraged to use technology, but I think science will be the only one besides vocational classes required to do it by 2009.

Vocational studies are making a big comeback. I am glad for it, because so many students will not go on to college or not finish. Personal finance is a required class for everyone now and it is in the vocational cluster.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 3:02 PM

Jacks4me, Am I correct in thinking you teach high school? What type of classes are covered now?

A few years ago, my daughter's school seemed to be rather light in the computer classes. Maybe I was just not aware of all that was being offered.

There seemed to be no e-commerce studies, is that correct?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 1:53 PM

Technology is moving so fast and it is difficult to keep up with it. Many times, students know more than I do!!

There is a set of technology standards for the state. I have mine somewhere, but I can't lay my hands on them right now.

I have 6 working computers in my room and use them as often as possible. I have access to a lab, but there are only 23 and all my classes have more students than that. I am fortunate enough to have a projector and I can show websites and use other technology in lessons.

The state just handed down a new set of standards for math, english and science.

The science has some technology embedded in. Check them out if you have a free half day :-)


They take effect in 2009.

The book, The World is Flat, addresses the issues of globalization and the impact on education. I read some of it, but man is it dry.

There are classes offered online for high school students and I have done most of my master's work online. It's a great way, but you have to be self motivated and flexible because many professors are not used to it yet and bumble around a lot.

Anyway, this should be an interesting discussion and I look forward to it.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 11:26 AM

Basically it is telling how fast the electronic, digital, computer age has grown and how it will impact our youth in the future. Teenagers are learning from TV and the internet and many jobs will be heavily involved in this. It then prompts us to find out how our local education plans to accomplish the task of bringing our students up to par.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 8:33 AM

I can't see youTube...someone please give a summary.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 7:41 AM

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 6:55 AM

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