The world is shrinking.
With every new blog post, Skype conference, e-mail, phone call and tweet — our world becomes a smaller place. Thanks to advances in technology, distance is no longer an insurmountable deterrent to communication. Information from everywhere is now available virtually anywhere. Technology is a great thing, and our shrinking world holds tremendous potential to affect positive change in many fields–especially education.
That being said, we can not forget that technology is a tool and that people are the key element in the change equation. Technology gives us access to an unprecedented amount of information, but people still have to filter and act upon ideas that possess potential to improve our educational system. In addition, our shrinking world requires that we pay special attention to preparing students for a future in which they will be required to communicate with more people, from more places, in more ways than ever before. It is increasingly apparent that our educational system must account for skill based objectives such as empathy, teamwork, leadership and change making – as suggested by Bill Drayton in the his article The World Needs More Social Entrepreneurs.
So as you do your part in shrinking the world, be sure to act on the ideas you gather and remember that people are the key (and the purpose) for any efforts at change.
Now…go make the world a smaller place.