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Nicole Lipps


United States

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As the educational landscape rapidly evolves, I find myself grappling with significant challenges. Traditional learning methods, which focus on rote memorization and knowledge retrieval, are no longer enough to prepare students for a future that is intertwined with technological advancements like artificial intelligence. This outdated focus is mirrored in the pervasive reliance on GPA and test scores as the primary metrics of student achievement. It overshadows the urgent need for critical thinking, problem-solving, and digital literacy skills. Moreover, there is a significant gap between those who have access to technology and those who don't, and this disparity exacerbates the existing problems. This gap is not only limited to access but also to how technology is utilized in teaching. The level of technology integration varies widely among teachers, and this can have a significant impact on students' learning outcomes. This issue is further complicated by the already burdened faculty, who are hesitant to add more responsibilities due to initiative fatigue. Integrating digital skills into an already overcrowded curriculum can be a daunting challenge. It's not just about making time for it but also about utilizing it to enhance learning outcomes and prepare students for the future. So, how can we bridge the gap between traditional classroom settings and the needs of the modern workforce? Can educators and community professionals work together to make it happen?

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