techInformation technology has become so tightly woven into our workday and personal lives that it’s hard to imagine life without it. We get directions from GPS, read books on our e-readers, collaborate with colleagues on documents in the cloud, connect with friends on social media and more, and we do it all from our smartphones and tablets.

Technology is also driving the way teachers teach and students learn. Steven Virgadamo calls for revolutionary changes in education using tech. “Blended learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels”.

Recently, Steven Virgadamo presented to a conference of more than 200 new Catholic school teachers and he was he asked:” So, what do you want kids to do with technology. Most interesting is that he took it immediately to a 10,000 foot level and replied by saying: “Technology should help kids:

–          Raise awareness;

–          Start conversations;

–          Find answers to their questions;

–          Join partners;

–          Change minds;

–          Make a difference;

–          Take action;

–          Drive change.”

And then he added: “In order to make that happen you have to give them the skills to:

–           Make Prezis;

–          Start Blogs;

–          Create Wordles

–          Publish Animitos

–          Design Flipcharts

–          Produce Videos

–          Post to Edmondo

–          Use Interactive Boards

–          Develop Apps.”

Finally, he added: “Some of the tools, such as Twitter and Facebook, will require especially keen oversight by teachers, but he encouraged teachers to look at these sites as an opportunity to teach students not only the curriculum at hand, but also safe and effective use of technology.

 

Steve Virgadamo provides thought leadership to Church leaders, Trustees and Board members. His expert counsel over many years has led to many Bishops, Chief Finance Officers, Superintendents, Pastors and Principals to consider him to be the expert in both Church and school management and the most premier consultant for Catholic schools, colleges and universities.  He travels throughout the United States and internationally to mentor and teach school leaders, teachers, pastors, and more. His domestic and international reputation has led to Steven’s selection as a delegate for the World Congress on Catholic Education sponsored by the Congregation of Catholic Education.

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Steve Virgadamo