Posted by Christy Williams on September 14th, 2016
Technology has played a role in education for some time. As we move deeper into the 21st century, technology is impacting education more than ever. It has improved the mediums in which teachers educate their students and has unlocked opportunities that may have seemed impossible at the turn of the century.
Understanding and using technology has become necessary for simply getting by in modern times. At the heart of it all is the concept of being Future Ready — an emerging trend experiencing significant growth.
What Does Future Ready Mean?
According to Future Ready Schools®, the concept is designed to, “Help district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential.” It involves taking a technology-centric approach to teaching and to provide students with the most efficient and effective tools possible to accelerate their learning.
Being future ready acknowledges that utilizing technology in the classroom is not only important from an instructional standpoint but that it’s vital for students to grasp technology to thrive in everyday life. Whether it’s knowing how to use technology to aid in a job search or understanding a particular type of software to complete job tasks, it’s an essential component of modern life.
It’s become nearly impossible to get along without a fundamental knowledge of technology. Future ready is an effort to equip students with the necessary knowledge they need to succeed both in the classroom and in their jobs.
At the moment, there are:
- 2, 258 superintendents who have signed the future ready pledge
- 883 district teams using the dashboard to date
- 463 district teams that participated in Phase 1 Summits
These numbers show that this is an effort that’s definitely catching on. More and more people are recognizing the necessity of a fundamental understanding of technology.
Future Ready Initiatives
The Office of Educational Technology explains that President Obama launched the ConnectED Initiative in June of 2013 to ensure that 99 percent of American students had access to high-speed Internet in the classroom. In addition, there were billions of dollars from the private sector invested into improving classroom technology.
Companies like AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon all made generous contributions to ensure that students across the nation could utilize cutting-edge technology regardless of their income level or school district. As we continue to move further into the 2010s and beyond, it’s likely that similar efforts will only continue to increase.
When it comes to educating adult learners who are pursuing their GED or HSE, there’s no doubt that implementing future ready efforts can be beneficial. Doing so not only equips adult learners with the tools needed to pass a high school equivalency exam, it positions them to succeed long-term and gives them a jump start on their job search.