Editor’s Note: What’s in a Word?
7/26/2012 12:00:00 AM
There are two phrases of late that may soon be retired from
the Tech&Learning lexicon. The first—“21st century
skills.” It’s 2012. What about “present-day skills”? Here’s
another—BYOD. I will admit to using it on our cover back
in March 2011 but, at this point, why define it at all? A
CDW-G survey released last month says 77 percent of
teachers are using more classroom technology today than just two
years ago, including laptops/netbooks, smartphones, or whatever
students may have with them. Using the term BYOD
is like having a phrase for electricity.
Not everyone agrees with me. When I mentioned in our daily newsletter that these phrases
were on the chopping block, the rough estimate ran about two-thirds against me. Author and
educator Frank Baker (www.frankwbaker.com)
wrote: “I am willing to bet there are many MORE
educators who don’t know what 21st century skills
are and have no idea what the letters BYOD mean…
IMHO, those phrases ought to stick around.” Rochelle
Wooten, an educational technology specialist
for Fort Bend Independent School District (TX)
concurred: “Until more teachers can identify what
those 21st century skills are, we need to keep using
the verbiage.” At least Greg Limperis, founder of the
Technology Integration in Education Web site (www.technologyintegrationineducation.com) sided with me:
“At what point during the 21st century will they become
22nd century skills? Will we always wait until we
reach 2050, 2150, and so on before we think of leading
towards the next century or can we focus on getting
teachers prepared for today instead?”
What are your thoughts?
— Kevin Hogan
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