Members of the Monett R-1 Board of Education reviewed progress by the 21st Century Task Force during their July meeting.
Task force members are preparing recommendations for district changes needed to prepare students for a future learning environment. Subgroups met in July to discuss surveys, getting community feedback, learning strategies and upgrading the learning atmosphere. Committee members will begin trips in September to schools in Kansas, Nebraska and elsewhere in Missouri to witness strategies at work.
"The biggest things in 21st Century learning are collaborating with technology on a daily basis and learning outside the classroom," Jungmann said. "Students need to be able to collaborate with others across the globe on a daily basis. Much more learning is available when you collaborate with others."
One of the changes expected is the one-to-one strategy, which involves getting a laptop computer for each upper level student
"Textbooks are out of date when they're published," Jungmann said. "Learning with the Internet will be an advantage that will level the playing field for those who can't access it on a daily basis at home.
"'Anything, anywhere' is another part of what 21st Century learning should be all about, not just at school," Jungmann said. "A technology device is the first step, to provide all with equal access to learning power. We see this as an opportunity to provide kids with the tools and resources to facilitate their own learning at a pace that works for them.
"We don't see this as making the teacher less important. It makes the teacher more of a facilitator than someone who transports knowledge," Jungmann added.