Shaping the Future with Math, Science, and Technology

Solutions and Lesson Plans to Prepare Tomorrows Innovators

By (author) Dennis Adams, Mary Hamm

Publication date:

16 May 2011

Length of book:

180 pages

Publisher

R&L Education

ISBN-13: 9781610481168

Shaping the Future with Math, Science, and Technology examines how ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork skills are part of an intellectual toolbox associated with math, science, and technology. The book provides new ideas, proven processes, practical tools, and examples useful to educators who want to encourage students to solve problems and express themselves in imaginative ways.

The development of a technological knowledge-based economy depends on the development of educational systems that allow schools, teachers, and students of diverse capabilities, backgrounds and learning preferences do better with both content and imaginative problem solving. This book makes the case that it is, indeed, possible to educate our way to a better economy and a better future. Paying attention to 21st century approaches and skills can help accomplish those goals.
Shaping the Future with Math, Science, and Technology is a practical and powerful resource that will support teachers as they go about increasing their students' ability to explore new ideas and applications in math, science, and technology. The authors pay close attention to the social nature of learning and explain how collaborating with others can help individuals take responsibility for their own learning. They also point out that reasoning skills, patience, and dealing effectively with failure are all part of the fabric of innovation. I especially liked the point they made about how technology should support the human condition, rather than serve as an escape from it. As far as the classroom is concerned, Adams and Hamm view technology as a tool, not a toy. This timely book encourages us all to consider what it means to educate students in the 21st century and prepare for future possibilities.