“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition
By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 5 billion people on the internet. I believe that it is my duty to make sure our students are prepared for the ever changing technological world. My experience in finance, IT, and education has given me a unique perspective on how public education works and where I see it going in the future.
One thing that sets me apart from other teachers is my belief in open resource programs. During my teaching career in the School District of Philadelphia, I have been forced to find alternative, free ways to bolster my students’ deficiencies while exposing them to 21st century skills. Through the use of OER programs like Khan Academy, Read Theory and G Suites with Google classroom I have been able to bring low students to grade level while pushing my accelerated students. I have been able to differentiate my instruction, distribute materials/projects and collaborate faster and more efficiently while costing the school district or myself no extra money. I have also been instrumental in the implementation of Khan Academy into Centennial School District and other districts. My schools have placed in each year of Khan Academy’s LearnStorm academic challenge.
The future of our public schools is in open resource education. We need online learning tools that are available for students 24/7 at no cost to schools. School budgets will be able to better allocate the large sums of money they save to pay for an ever evolving technology landscape, better engaging field trips, and more highly qualified teachers.