Books Books Books and the 21st Century Learner

My youngest daughter who is technology savvy asked me a very important question yesterday. Are paper books going to be become extinct? So we had a very involved discussion about electronic books versus paper books. The discussion was at a level that amazed me. She discussed the need to preserve literacy in schools as well as adapt to technology. She expressed concerns about children who did not have computers or internet service. My oldest daughter then chimed in and asked what are leaders in education doing about this to help those children.  I am curious if anyone has had this discussion with young children.  A must see video.

http://youtu.be/_A-ZVCjfWf8

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  1. #1 by jsgarrett on July 25, 2011 - 6:00 pm

    Not only do we need to discuss how to make it feasible for impoverished students to have access in a technology world with inadequate means or gateways but a discussion needs to occur concurrently regarding gearing students to be 21st Century ready. Attached is an article that was presented to me regarding the benefits of Career and Technical Education versus Colleges and Universities geared towards Bachelor degrees. In my opinion, we as educators continue to bend, stretch and accommodate to meet the needs for students but when does the break down begin for wearing too many hats or cutting too many programs?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/business/vocational-schools-face-deep-cuts-in-federal-funding.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

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