I had the opportunity recently to represent Dell on a panel of distinguished educators at the Innovation in Education event in London organized by The Guardian, a daily UK newspaper with a strong focus on education and the public sector. The purpose of the event was to discuss the state of education reform in England and the challenge of ensuring students learn not only the basics, such as math, science, language arts, social studies and the arts, but 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and information literacy among others. The panel itself focused on Teaching 21st Century Skills: The Implications for Pedagogy.
Having worked over two decades in school education prior to joining Dell in 2009, I have participated in many such forums. The comments made and conclusions drawn at The Guardian event were all too familiar. There is pervasive agreement that our schools are not sufficiently helping our students prepare for the jobs in the new, global economy. Concerns over teacher preparation, professional development, lack of parental involvement and critically tight budgets abound not only in the US, but the UK as well.
If there is a bright spot for us, it is that Dell’s Connected Education strategy addresses these critical issues and provides schools with solutions that help to address teacher professional development & training, parent & community involvement, and 21st century skills and assessment. Our leadership position with the Partnership for 21 Century Skills is one of many ways in which, as a company, we provide leadership to address some of the challenges educators face. In addition our Efficient Enterprise strategy provides real, practical pathways to help IT professional in education save critical dollars so that more resources can be directed to the classrooms where students can benefit.
Visit the Guardian website to see some videos highlights from the one day education conference.