Dr. Rob Presenting at #KySTE17 in Louisville, KY

Register now for the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Spring Conference, March 8-10, 2017 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Registration Link Dr. Rob will be presenting on March 9; at 10:30 am attendees will be asked to participate in the Are You Future Ready Challenge and at 2 pm, Dr. Rob will be discussing Motivating the Reluctant Reader. Keep up with the conference by using hashtag #KySTE17 Share your thoughts with us by posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook using the hashtag #DrRobAnswers!

The History and Future of Public Education in the US

The concept of history repeating itself is an interesting notion when considering what the future may hold for public education. Right now, in the United States, I would say that Public Education is in quite a precarious position. Let’s take a look at our past to see if we can predict what might be in store for the future of public education. Public education, as we know it, was created by the Committee of 10 during the industrial revolution. This committee used three major organizational systems of its time to help create public education: the factory, the church, and the prison system. The committee took from the factory the orderly rows, 40 minute schedule with breaks, identical outcomes and an assembly line mentality with no need for creativity or “outside the box” thinking. The jail brought us punishment with no thought of learning through consequence, top down, heavy handed management with order and conformity. The church gave us our teaching style- the lecture. The church also gave us the concept of “sit quietly and listen and I will tell you everything you need to know”. It taught us that there is only one person that holds all the knowledge and Read More …

Coming Spring 2017! The Future Ready Challenge by Dr. Rob

Dr. Rob’s newest book, The Future Ready Challenge, published by ISTE will be out in just a few months. “Future Ready” is an 18 week challenge that will help educators create a classroom/school that is based on skills for the future. Consider it a self-help book for those who need that jump start into 21st century teaching. Here’s a sneak peak at the cover as well as some advance reviews…. The Future Ready Challenge by Rob Furman has given us a sure plan to begin addressing twenty-first century skills into daily lessons. The strategies provided are easy to integrate into the content areas and the scaffolding that is suggested will begin to imbed these skills in the planning and delivery of instruction. Time to move away from the old delivery model of education to one that is preparing our young people to be successful and to be contributors in the technology driven society in which they will be members. – Len Ference In his latest success, Dr. Furman accurately outlines the elements critical to 21st century learning. In this work, he provides an accessible way for any teacher to make the critical shift from teacher-centered, knowledge-based teaching to student-centered, skills-based Read More …

Accountability in the 21st Century

In the last post, we discussed the possible death of high stakes testing. But there was also a call to action to find an appropriate way to hold a school district accountable for the success of their students. We stated that possible new criteria might include: 1. Our students graduate from high school with future goals in mind. 2. Our students have some destination after high school. That could be a college, trade school, military training or job. We want them to have and be confident in their ability to fulfill a plan for their immediate future. 3. Our students become contributing members of society. 4. Our students embrace a mindset of service to others. These criteria do not discount the importance of learning per se, but rather imply that true success goes beyond the test data. True success stretches into our students’ futures. These criteria are what propels a school district from good to great. Our students are the focus of accountability and not the test data. Consider this, the accountability for a successful school system has to reach all the way down to kindergarten. Preparation for our students’ success must begin in kindergarten. Our young people need to Read More …