Tuesday, January 10, 2012
More than just the box
Technology in education is more than just the box. We have to ensure students and teachers understand how and why to utilize these tools to enhance learning opportunities. This infers a strong connection to Teaching and Learning and that the boxes are valued as tools that enable teachers and students to communicate more effectively and efficiently, collaborate in new ways, more efficient research and organizational skills.
Technology in education is more than just the box. We have to ensure that proper professional development and support for teachers and students exists in our model. To place technology in buildings for use by teachers and students without proper training, ongoing support, and modeling is a waste of dollars. While some teachers are able to navigate the tools and learn on their own, many teachers need peers to assist them along the way.
Technology in education is more than just the box. Educational institutions need visionary leaders who look beyond the current state and forward to where the technology is moving. Without proper vision and understanding of trends, research, and outlook district technology will become outdated, unusable, and an afterthought.
Technology in education is more than just the box. As education technology leaders, it is imperative we look beyond the boxes in our buildings and place our emphasis on student learning, professional development, classroom modeling, support for teachers, and visioning. A box is a box.