A Message from the Future for the Educators of Today
By: Mark Wagner, PhD
As Technology Changes the Way Students Must Navigate the World, Educators Become ‘Architects of the Possible’
School change is never easy, but it is necessary to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.
Our job as educators is no longer to help students memorize a few things they might need someday. Our job is to help students access and use information in ways that are meaningful to them. This doesn’t mean students don’t need schools or teachers. In contrary, kids need educators as their guides now more than ever. What it does mean is that the priorities and processes of education must change.
In More Now, EdTechTeam Founder, Mark Wagner, PhD, explores the six essential elements of effective school change: courageous leaders, empowered teachers, student agency, inspiring spaces, robust infrastructure, and engaged communities. You’ll learn from educational leaders, teachers, and technologists how to make each of these elements part of your school or district culture.
It’s time to “dream out loud” and be “an architect of the possible” in creating the future students need. We can’t afford to wait.
About the Author
Mark Wagner is a former high school English teacher that has since served as educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He is now President and CEO of EdTechTeam. EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available and aims to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.
Wagner earned a PhD in Educational Technology with doctoral research focused on video game use in education, specifically massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructive learning environments. He also holds a master’s degree in cross-cultural education.
Outside of work, Wagner plays hockey, practices martial arts, and obsesses over his ’62 Beetle. He enjoys songwriting, nature, and exploring the world. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Eva, and boys, Clark and Finn. Naturally, he’s a U2 fan.
What People are Saying
When the caterpillar asked Alice, ‘Who are you?’ she responded, ‘I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’ If you’re lucky, this will be how you feel after reading this book. —John Wick, EdD, director of education of Qneuro
Mark Wagner has always been light-years ahead when thinking about the future of education. This book does a great job of helping the rest of us catch up. —Brendan Brennan, director of Moonshot Laboratory
This book will pull you out of your comfort zone and help you create the education that your students need and deserve. —Dr. Nick Polyak, superintendent and coauthor of The Unlearning Leader and Student Voice
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