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Transcript of Educational Reform
We are focusing on wrong skills...
There is a crumbling education infrastructure...
We are falling behind as a global competitor...
Educational budget is declining... What is the purpose of education? “The purpose of education is to appropriately prepare our children for their future.”
The purpose of education is to make the world a better place! How can technology support the need for change? Why is there a need for change? With the increase of a more global economy, schools in our nation must provide skills that will give students the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century. Technology skills should be infused into the curriculum as tools and not ends into themselves. What roles for technology have been envisioned in education reform? What are the challenges that you have observed? Funding Resistance to Change Lack of resources and training Digital Divide - making sure all students get equal access. Providing technical support for technology use and maintenance. What are your suggestions to address these challenges? Creativity using technology is envisioned in education reform Transformation rather than reform using technology is envisioned in education reform Team teaching using technology is envisioned in education reform. Multimedia systems, networks, video, and microcomputers--can support and expand the efforts of school reform. Providing Adequate Technology Access (Technology cannot become a meaningful support for students' work if they have access to it for only a few minutes a week). Equalizing Technology Access (Data from national surveys suggest that students from low-income homes and ethnic minorities are less likely to have computers in their homes). Involving a Majority of Teachers (Placing technology in classrooms does not insure that it will get used appropriately, or even that it will get used at all. Most of us have visited classrooms with one or two computers in the back covered with a plastic cover that is rarely removed. The reformer's vision of a project-centered classroom with students using technology tools makes extensive demands on teachers). Providing Technical Support for Technology Use and Maintenance (Even after teachers' initial fear of getting involved with technology has been overcome, serious challenges remain in terms of providing enough technical support that teachers will not be discouraged by equipment failures or software behavior they do not understand). Credits... See Overview of Technology and Education Reform. Retrieved February 17, 2010 http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/EdTech/overview.html
Center for Education Reform. Retrieved February 17, 2010 http://edreform.com/Home/