Friday, August 18, 2006

Will Our Students be Ready in 2020?...con't...





However, how can other teachers ‘willingly embrace’ technology when he or she doesn‘t even have a computer in the classroom? At the last school where I taught, only a handful of teachers had computers in their rooms--and most of those were obsolete dust magnets. There are funding issues, of course, for obtaining computers, but many of these issues can be resolved through the ‘Computers for Schools’ program (www.pcsforschools.org) and through creative funding techniques such as selling t-shirts, books, etc. Lorrie Jackson of the Education World website suggested: “Look for new money within existing budgets by reallocating from other areas and investigating lease options” (2005).
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Monday, August 07, 2006

Will Our Students be Ready in 2020?...continued...





However, how can other teachers ‘willingly embrace’ technology when they have no knowledge of how to use technology? I’ve been to every professional development session in this school district for the past five years, while employed by two different elementary schools, and not ONCE did I hear the term ‘technology integration’ or any mention of using computers to support the standards or the curriculum. Teachers (especially those who graduated from teacher education programs decades ago) desperately need staff training and development on the uses of technology in their classrooms. I also believe that today’s university teacher preparation programs need to be drastically revised to include more technology courses to reflect the growing trend of computer integration in our schools.
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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Will Our Students be Ready in 2020?, continued...





Technology integration is not just placing a computer in a classroom and surrounding it with educational CD-ROM titles. Wikipedia (an online encyclopedia) states that: “Technology integration is a term used by educators to describe effective uses of technology by teachers and students in K-12 and university classrooms. Teachers use technology to support instruction in language arts, social studies, science, math, or other content areas. When teachers integrate technology into their classroom practice, learners are empowered to be actively engaged in their learning” (2005). Still, for technology integration to truly work, an instructor has to learn how to use technology effectively; to incorporate it into a curriculum to support and enhance instruction.
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