In 2013, the federal NCLB law will require that schools ensure students are technologically literate by the end of eighth grade.

And in December 2009, the Colorado state board of education will adopt new P-12 state academic standards - replacing the 1994 model content standards and incorporating elements of technology literacy throughout.

Recent, dramatic shifts in our culture require today’s students to become skilled adults who can process large amounts of information and identify, define and solve problems. They will need to develop innovative ideas using technology and manage their own productivity. Communicating and working collaboratively with others around the world also will be important.

To thrive as our future workforce, students must become entrepreneurs now - while they are in school.

Internationally recognized expert Alan November says schools need “fearless learners” and “courageous teachers” who do not settle for narrow rules and dated schools. He says the broader role of educators is to help students manage their own experiences, including:

  • Managing their time
  • Designing their own homework
  • Co-creating assessments of their work
  • Continuously extending their collaborative work around the globe
Standards for Students More about Why Now.