Since then, Karen has become the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Recently Karen spoke at a MacArthur Foundation event at New York City's New School which focused on re-imagining learning for the 21st century. I have included a video of that event. Karen's remarks start at the 4:29 mark.
Karen's theme theme on this occasion was "Re-imagining Learning in the 21st Century". Three points in particular resonated with me:
*The current trends in educational technology are
- Learning outside of formal school
- Proliferation of digital content
- Publication going from print to online
Keys to 21st Century Assessment include:
- Measure what matters
- Embedded assessment
- Real time feedback
- Persistent learning
- Universal design
* And this great quote: "A highly effective teacher is one who is connected-- connected to the data, to the information, to the content and resources. . . connected to experts, and connected to learning environments for themselves and learning experiences for themselves. . . ."
Good stuff. Give Karen a listen. What resonates with you?