21C Leadership Academy


Why We’re Here



Technology is driving change both in and out of the classroom. Several authors suggest fundamental differences exist in our American culture that change who kids are and how they learn best.  For example, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 87 percent of children ages 12 to 17 use the Internet regularly. This number has increased over 25 percent since 2000. Seventy-five percent of today’s teens use at least two digital devices daily and spend an average of nearly 6.5 hours a day with media.

Such observed changes in student behavior may be a seductive quick fix for adults who see incorporating technology familiar to students as a way to stay consistent with Dewey’s challenge that we use the same psychology of learning at school that we apply to learning away from school.  These arguments may be compelling, but as science and technology educators, we need to consider carefully which tools assist in promoting inquiry and how to thoughtfully incorporate them into instruction in ways that add value to teaching.

I look forward to sharing with you and participating in this leadership academy.  It is an exciting time in education and together we can do great things!


Dr. Randy Yerrick

Professor, Science Education

Associate Dean for Educational Technology

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Science Education Professor

Associate Dean of Educational Technology

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