Six important ways technology is being viewed as effecting teaching and learning:
1. One-to-one computing - programs that provide full-time personal computing devices for all students in at least one whole grade level, and not simply mobile laptop carts,
2. On-line formative assessments,
3. Interactive whiteboards (IWB's) researchers predict that iwb's will be in every school five years from 2008),
4. Learning management systems (hasn't been fully realized),
5. Internet bandwidth (in a state of crisis)Bandwidth issues limited scope of student interaction with technology, and
6. Tech support shortage (new programs costs too much when struggling to even support current programs).
When I read this article, I thought about my school district. Some items we are the same, some we are ahead and some we are behind. But we are "close" on all of them (if I curve the grades).
One-to-one computing is still a future for us. There is real power in the opportunity of one-to-one and also many risk factors. To grow and learn, we all must risk. But at what point is the ROI best to take that risk? "Nada" for us right now.
On-line formative assessments is a current investigation but I believe we are going from concept to reality. Some say we have too many assessments, some say the assessments have been invaluable for teaching the gaps. What is the right balance? We are risking and searching for that balance. Go us!
Interactive white boards are happening in our district! Slowly but surely which I believe is the best way to go - managed roll-out. Standards have been developed, equipment is being ordered as appropriate, training is happening, most teachers that have them are using them at the level 2 moving to level 3 stage. Go us!
Learning management systems (Moodle for us) is happening as a district effort as well. Slowly but faster than IWB's (since it is open source - FREE). The Virtual Campus is a postive, forward moving trend in our district and everyone that learns and uses it, loves it. Go us!
Internet bandwidth. Well we join the club as far as the masses go. This is our number one technology trend need - to increase bandwidth within our district. And all that takes is money and support. Hopefully our plan to accomplish that will come to fruition. Club members with the rest of most of the K12 school world.
Tech support shortage. Ditto number five. I know, I know. Can't have two number one needs. . . .well I say they are tied.
One "nada", two "club members", and three "go us"es. Humm . . .If you are from my district, how do you think we are doing? If you are from another district, how is your district doing in these trend areas?
Thu, May 15, 2008
Researchers identify key ed-tech trends
One-to-one computing, online assessment on the rise in schools--but keeping up with bandwidth needs is a problem
By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
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