Today’s students need technology literacy skills now. Their success and ours depend on it.

Former American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Dawn Vaughn says the world students live in is very different than the one they learn in. "[Students] live in a multimedia world," she says. "Without pushing them forward, public schools are going to end up with an irrelevant curriculum."

Vaughn’s comments were featured in Threshold magazine, along with remarks from other notable panelists such as Milton Chen, the executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Chen says students increasingly will find and assess information on their own. They also will produce information in multimedia formats. "It means the teacher has to play a different role," he says. "It means that the entire structure around those students has to be different."

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