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IEC AIMS TO HELP K-12 TEACHERS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE IN GLOBAL AGE

IEC AIMS TO HELP K-12 TEACHERS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE IN GLOBAL AGE

Alan November says when he used to teach students in Lexington, Mass., about the cause of the American Revolution, he always subscribed to the view that the revolt was spurred by the issue of taxation without representation.

But after November got exposed to how British schools teach that the American revolt was prompted by the American colonists’  desire to continue the slave trade in North America, November said he realized that he was promoting a one-sided view of history.

“I’ll never do that again,” November said of his old teaching habits. November made his remarks during a presentation titled “Light-Speed Technology for the Global Classroom” at the annual Asia Society: Partnership for Global Learning conference held here recently.

Among other things, November - an education technology expert - shared how American students who consider themselves tech-savvy could not meet his challenge to use the World Wide Web to find out what British schools teach about the American Revolution. That is, he said, until he apprised them of how to do a search using the “.UK” country code and a special search term for schools to get web-based information originating from schools in the United Kingdom.

Alan November

“I asked them if they knew how to use Google and they laughed at me,” November said. But when he showed them that there is more to the search engine than they thought, especially the role that a country code plays in filtering out certain information, their laughter gradually lessened, November said.

November’s talk represents just one of the many lessons offered at the Asia Society conference, which drew about 450 educators from throughout the country. Although most of the attendees were K-12 schoolteachers, organizers say a distinct purpose of the event was to get K-12 educators better prepared to produce students who can exhibit the kind of global thinking that is desirable in higher education. (more)

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Article by JAMAAL ABDUAL, Diverse Education Magazine | Read full article here


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