If you’ve ever read a description of how knights in shining armor got ready for a crusade, it reminds me a little of teachers preparing for the new school year.
It often seems education gets a bad reputation in the news. If you wanted to take a “glass is half empty” view, you might only see endless headlines and broadcasts focusing on the negative; budget cuts, teacher strikes, criticisms about shifting higher education standards-- the list goes on.
With our experience around the globe, working with educators who use our products, we get to hear stories daily that illustrate how teaching and learning in foreign countries can be very like, and quite unlike education in the U.S. Read how people in other countries are strengthening the teacher-student connection by leveraging classroom technology.
The other day, I made the mistake, or perhaps had the good fortune, of telling someone I met that I help my company design products for educators by collaborating with teachers and students in classrooms. This guy fired back, “How could you possibly develop complex devices by working with educators and kids who know nothing about designing technology products?”
Teachers on the front lines in the classrooms know that a life working to shepherd and inspire diverse groups of young people is a daily drama with high stakes.
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