The average school curriculum has changed dramatically over the last 25 years, in great part due to new technology. Graphing calculators make advanced math courses achievable. Computers make writing papers quicker and more efficient. (The all-important Backspace button deserves credit for that one.) As technology has improved, however, some aspects of education have lagged behind. There are a lot of moving parts that go into changing a curriculum, so despite the dedication and caring of educators everywhere, there is sometimes a gap between learning how to use technology and learning how to use it well. It’s hard to try to teach in school something that most people associate with free time, anyway. But schools and parents need to prepare kids for life in 2015. Computers, tablets, and smartphones are everywhere. It’s not enough to provide these devices; it’s also necessary to teach kids how to use them responsibly.
Cornerstone’s mission is to fill the gap between school and social media. We want students to embrace all the technology available to them, but to use it in constructive, responsible ways. We can offer instruction in a 21st century skill set in a way that is often challenging for schools to do themselves, with all the other moving parts they have to keep track of. Sarah Shea, Cornerstone’s VP of Educational Development, says, “Our workshops are an excellent auxiliary program for any school that is concerned with helping their students become prepared for the real world. The kids themselves are excited and inspired by the workshops, and leave with a real skill set that they learned from their own work in the program.”
By taking part in a Cornerstone workshop, students add one more block to their 21st century education: fun and responsible use of 21st century technology.
By Erin Matthews