Education is Life

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in All Posts, Community, Education | 0 comments

Education is Life

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”  John Dewey

We can measure mankind’s successful use of technology by counting our global population.  As people developed the likes of agriculture, trade, and machinery we have thrived and our population has grown.  Specific technologies, such as language, storytelling, writing, the printing press, schools, and the Internet have accelerated the spread of knowledge and allowed for greater success.  In this very basic way, we can agree with John Dewey and say that education is life.

J.P. Schwartz is a company providing IT in educational settings.  Our specialty is working with private, charter, rural, and disadvantaged schools in Colorado.  This path is the best way to use our core technology skills while making a positive impact on the lives of others.  To ensure meaningful success, we are combining technology, education, and community similar to a model from www.tpack.org .

Education is not simply for passing standardized tests.  Today we face big problems such as poverty, war, disease, climate change, economic instability, and energy needs.  Individually, many of us struggle daily to meet many personal needs as described in Maslow’s Hierarchy.  We must educate to improve our lives.  Our communities deserve broader results to justify the resources they invest in schools.

True solutions to global issues must be available to all people or we will simply fail to achieve success.  Our best return for effort invested is likely to be found by focusing on the least educated of our population.  In developing communities we are likely to find children who could grow to provide unique solutions, markets, and resources that leading communities might never discover on their own.   Our challenge is to engage these diverse children as stakeholders in a collaborative and productive manner throughout their lives.

Today, technology is radically changing work, shopping, politics, and entertainment.  With the Internet, we find that technology literate and connected people can fully engage by directly connecting to numerous sources of information, joining discussions, and creating content of their own.  It may be easier to cross traditional barriers of language, economics, and nationality when online.  Technology enabled learning is also changing at a pace not presently matched by our traditional education practices.  Many of these technology driven tools are mapped to learning in this version of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

While Internet technology may be mankind’s greatest learning tool since language, it is only a tool, and much work must be done to harness its potential.  Community engagements along with professional development are critical to rebuilding our school systems for 21st Century Skills, lifelong learning skills, and meaningful productive results produced by an educated population.

J.P. Schwartz strives to think globally, and act locally.  We work with private, rural, and disadvantaged schools in Colorado so they have the technology, professional development, and community connections needed to exceed minimum standards and empower each child to improve their lives for decades to come.

How can J.P. Schwartz help technology positively impact learning at your school?

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