Sam Chaltain, Education Expert, Speaks at District 36

The Winnetka Public Schools District invites parents to attend a lecture on Monday night.

If you're looking for a good way to avoid the rainy weather, consider attending 's "The Freedom to Learn: Creating a Culture of 'Do' in a World of 'Know'" Monday night.

Sam Chaltain, author of several books about education in America, will be speaking in the Skokie School Auditorium, 520 Glendale Ave. Chaltain, who also contributes to the Huffington Post and CNN, will present at 7 p.m. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m.

The talk will engage parents on the subject of 21st century learning and the ways to adapt earlier methods with newer technology. It is open to the public.


At the District 36's most recent board meeting, Matt Fuller presented “Tap the Screen: Technology Integration in Our Students Lives,” a research project done by Fuller, the district’s technology director, as part of his work towards a doctorate.

Fuller convened 55 students from grades 3-8 in all five of the district’s schools last December and January. After analyzing their discussions, he found mentions of 80 Apple operating system devices -- iPads, iPhones, iPods and the like -- available for the students to use in their homes. The students seemed to take for granted that every home would include at least one laptop or desktop computer even if they did not specifically mention it; nearly one in five reported having their own computer.

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