Leaders who demonstrate a continual desire to learn and connect whenever possible help set a precedence of transparency and innovation in a school’s culture.
Technology in Schools
Teachers find the most success integrating technology into the classroom when they have clear instructional goals.
Despite every best intention, the transition to digital isn’t quite here yet.
The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.
President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet.
If educational technology and 1:1 education are going to thrive, school leaders must be focused on constantly employing the best practices and tools in relation to the most pressing needs of their students. Managing and sustaining these programs means that the big choices don’t stop after a platform has been selected.
As schools and districts prepare for the Common Core State Standards, the pressure to buy new technology overtakes the need to create a vision and a plan for smart long-term use.
By now, many educators understand that technology has the potential of transforming teaching and learning. But the term “technology” covers vast territory, and there are many different layers of tech and ways of integrating it from school to school. At times, where one kind of technology is appropriate and helpful in one school, the same tech can cause big problems for another.
Education technology businesses have come up with hundreds, if not thousands, of products meant to make teachers’ lives easier and improve student achievement. Most products bite off a piece of the education puzzle, trying to solve one corner of a complex web. But are they getting to the heart of what teachers need?
The FCC is rewriting the E-rate program guidelines after more than 15 years to better suit the needs of today’s schools. The new rules will try to get funding out the door faster, make purchasing more cost effective and streamline the application process for schools.
More than 1,400 educators responded to a survey about how their schools are progressing with integrating new technology. They addressed subjects like tech security, Bring Your Own Device policies, and using technology for instruction and assessment. Here’s what they found.