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Technology Vision Plan

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Amber Hauptman

on 24 October 2013

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Technology Vision Plan
Amber Hauptman

What should be happening in our schools and what do our learning environments need to facilitate these activities?
In order to provide a learning environment in which technology is abundant, it is first and foremost important that educators are actually utilizing the technology available in order to strengthen concepts being taught in every classroom. Schools must also have strong, supportive administrators who will push for the success of their students at any cost. Although schools are judged based on assessment scores, teachers and administration must consider if being successful on a state assessment will provide more opportunities in the future, or if proving technology "with-it-ness" will instill successful behaviors in our students. In order to facilitate the needs of a shift of focus onto creating environments in which our students are successful, educators and administrators must provide learning environments in which students use a multitude of resources to make educated decisions.
Vision Statement
Educators must find meaningful and engaging ways to expose students to various technologies. One of the main purposes for this exposure is to provides students the opportunity to strengthen their understanding of concepts through applying their knowledge at higher levels (via collaboration, projects, etc.). Exposure to technology also shows students how they may use this technology as a tool to learn and create a product that will portray the concepts learned.
Best Hopes vs. Worst Fears
My best hopes are that every teacher would implement strategies within his/her classroom in order to provide students with the appropriate reasoning and problem-solving skills to help them become successful adults. It is also my hope that those in technology departments assisting teachers would provide significant resources and assistance in order to all educators to feel comfortable with implementation of more frequent technology usage.
One of my worst fears is the scenario in which educators and teachers are on board with utilizing technology in meaningful and necessary ways, but the availability is limited and technologies run too slow to be useful due to outdated machines and severely low technologies. Another one of my greatest fears is that technology will advance to the point that teachers are no longer needed. I do believe many parents will still want the social aspect, but it seems I see increasing numbers of commercials for online high schools.
Needs and wants for a restructured classroom and school...
As school districts agree to implement new technologies, I believe it is essential that paras, teachers, and administrators receive thorough training on the specific technology that is new. I see many teachers who still will not use their SMART board in our high school because they were never taught how to use most parts of the board, and therefore are worried to try and experiment. Those not from the digital age are apprehensive to play with software and technologies until something starts clicking! Restructured classrooms and schools also need the support of all administration. I would want adequate training over ways to implement technology, particularly in a high school classroom.
Will technology really change the face of education?
I believe the introduction of various technologies has already significantly changed what education looks like within many classrooms across varying contents. As a high school student, I was rarely allowed to use my computer unless I was typing a paper for my English teacher. This day in age students in digital imaging classes are creating wedding invitations, Christmas cards, birthday party invitations, etc. using a variety of programs for clients, whom they spend time meeting with to ensure they create a project the clients want. Technology changes education on a daily basis, regardless of if this change is minute or significant. My worries are that technology will end up changing education too much too quickly, and I am scared to think of what will be left to the educational world we know now.
The Direction of Technology
Technology has continuously evolved over the last couple of decades, and I believe it will continue to do so in the near future. I do worry that in some ways technology may cripple students to the point that any critical thinking has gone by the way-side, and students are spending more time lounging than doing homework. Another thing our nation has to fear is the usage of technology taking over many of jobs in which students have to do some type of critical-thinking.
Where should YOUR students and curriculum be in the future?
My students should be able to utilize any technology in order to solve any problem, or present any material. They should also work within a curriculum in which educators are not scared to implement different types of technology to enhance the learning environment. Educators must teach students how to be literate in terms of technology, and put students in situations in which they must prove their literacy and prove that they are problem-solvers.
The challenges I face; the challenges my students face; the challenges my school and district face.
I face challenges in which my school is not equipped with enough bandwidth and up to date machines in order to utilize technology in a time-efficient manner. I also face a significant issue of TIME! With the new Common Core curriculum, my days are packed with other components my administration requires without the daily usage of technology to enhance the curriculum. My students, unfortunately, face the challenges of an education in a district in which technological resources are limited. Students also experience the implementation of technology by teachers who have not learned how to fully use the various technologies they are implementing, and thus the teachers do not know what they are doing. Schools and districts are facing issues of lack of funding in order to provide the resources teachers are hoping for and students are asking for! Not only do they have to provide the equipment, but districts have to provide the staff to support technological implementation as well as proper training in order for teachers to be well educated on the technologies making their way into classrooms.
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