Looking to help its business partners and customers in Puerto Rico modernize the educational process with the latest technological tools available in the market, Hewlett Packard, recently hosted the “Transforming education in the 21st century: from the analog classroom to the digital interactive classroom” seminar.
Redesigning the teaching process begins with a radical change in the academic environments we know today, which correspond to educational models developed during the industrial revolution of the last century, said Matías Matías-Marsillac, HP executive in charge of offering the seminar.
“Developing 21st century citizens and professionals requires partnerships between technology providers and educators, to bring the best educational experiences to the classroom either onsite or through virtual environments,” said Matthias, who is in charge of printing and personal systems, worldwide industry solutions, education at HP.
Young people today are used to communicating and entertaining themselves through interfaces and digital instruments.
“What we propose is to bring this environment that is already available on the street, to school and college,” said Matías.
“We need to modernize teaching to allow students and teachers to collaborate within the same space, either constrained by walls, as in the widespread case throughout the world today, but also without walls. You have to virtualize the environment to provide learning experiences anywhere and anytime,” he said, noting HP advocates going beyond the use of the Internet to developing critical thinking to know where to find information.