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Journal of Texas School Women Executives, Volume III, Issue 1 2014 continued growth and supplies means for making the desire effective in fact,” (Dewey, 1924, p. 62) Nearly fifty years ago, professor and social commentator Marshall McLuhan wrote the Medium is the Massage. The extensive growth of online graduate programs has demonstrated that the messages, like the massages, are indeed delivered by multi-media that McLuhan may never have imagined. In 1967, McLuhan wrote, “Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragments, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules, (McLuhan and Fiore, 1967).” The 21st century trend will continue toward an extensive expansion of online education. The Sloan Consortium reports, "The rate of growth in online enrollments remains extremely robust," said study co-author Jeff Seaman, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group. "This is somewhat surprising given that overall higher education enrollments actually declined during this period," (Sloan Consortium, 2013) Many technology enthusiasts have concluded that we are experiencing the intersection of two generations, the Digital Natives (most of our students) and the Digital Immigrants (many of the current faculty), (Prensky, 2012). The implications of this intersection should encourage universities to engage in courageous conversations exploring how change occurs in the 21st century classroom to take advantage of the emerging technology tools. These tools can enrich and improve the flow of information and interaction with students as programs prepare them for citizenship and servant leadership in our global village. Through the use of innovative technology tools, universities now have the ability to create virtual classrooms that are available to all students connecting to institutions of higher education. Dewey recognized the power of changing technologies. In What I Believe, he wrote, “Experience now owns as a part of itself scientific methods of discovery and test; it is marked by ability to create techniques and technologies – that is, arts which arrange and utilize all sorts of conditions and energies, physical and human. These new possessions give experience and its potentialities a radically new meaning. It is a commonplace that since the seventeenth century science has revolutionized our beliefs about outer nature, and it also beginning to revolutionize those about man,” (Dewey, 1930, p. 23). Clearly technology has created the virtual classroom of learning that is accessible 24/7/365. Online educational leaders must find a way to make the 24/7/365 classrooms laboratories of learning and leadership. Scholars have often given John Dewey credit for establishing the famous Lab School at the University of Chicago. More recent research has identified Alice Chipman Dewey, the wife of John Dewey, as the day to day director of the Lab School where Dewey’s educational theories were given real-life application. Ella Flagg Young, a student of Dewey at the University of Chicago, earned her doctoral degree, and went on to serve as Supervisor of the Lab School and then served as the first woman Superintendent of Chicago


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