School systems receptive to “Bring Your Own Device” and increasing technology use in the classroom.
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Any time that technological tools are purchased for students, the clock of depreciation immediately begins ticking. The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that a device loses roughly half of its remaining value with each additional year of use. For schools then, at a minimum, all student devices will need to be replaced within five-to seven years from purchase. This dynamic immediately creates an issue of both fiscal sustainability and purchasing creativity. Schools must get the greatest return for every dollar- not only in the purchase of machines, but also to provide adequate professional development, relevant applications and comprehensive support.I’ve spent 23 years in education thus far, ranging from a major urban school district of 78,000 students to a rural district of only 1,200 kids; but the issues are precisely the same. “How are we going to get more kids access to devices and then keep this good thing going?”
The results are part of a newly released study from Pearson, an educational publisher with headquarters in London and New York City. The study is based on a survey of 2,252 public, private, and home-schooled students in grades 5-12 during February and March of 2013.
- Urgency is no excuse for poor planning
- Be wary of one-size-fits-all solutions
- Don’t play favorites with vendors
- What do we want technology to do in schools?
- Does more money equal increased learning?
- If we buy a lot of expensive technology and sometimes use it ineffectively, or dangerously, what does that get us?
- Are we asking the right questions about technology, learning, and schools?
- What world will our students exit school into?
- What skills will they need to be successful? Collaboration - Communication - Creativity - Divergent thinking
- We need technology to help foster these skills, and point our students in the right direction
- Is the way we are using technology now turning our students ‘off’ to the people and the world around them?
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.
Use blog as a reflective tool. Simple classroom activities where you take the last 5-10 minutes of the day to reflect on an activity and note the learning that has taken place – scribe the students words. Openly create the post with the students (modelling writing and reflective language) creating a chronicle of their learning and hopefully their wonderings too – these conversations happen anyway – blogs allow you to record it and share it .
It’s “school supply list” time, and it won’t be long before kids coast to coast are putting those pencils and glue sticks to work. Or will they? This week’s EdTech 10 reveals that perhaps there will be some interaction with new supplies this year! What would your next gen school supply list include?
Let’s place two classrooms side by side and instruct each teacher to use collaborative learning to explore a given subject. One teacher will be limited to 20thCentury methodology, pair share or group work at their seats using chart paper, posters and the always-present overhead projector. The second teacher may use 21st Century methodology and tools: Skype, Google hangout, Google Documents, Social Media, PowerPoint, and Prezi. Both classes will learn stuff, but which class will take with them presentation and collaboration skills that are career ready in a tech driven society?
Successful technology integration must include an element of reflection to stay focused on how individual teachers and learners will use this technology in the classroom.
Relationships, relationships, relationships!
Google Glass offers many possible uses in the classroom. In the following we concentrate on five areas that can be radically changed with the use of this cutting-edge device, helping both students and teachers to render the learning process smoother and engaging.
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When it comes to technology in the classroom, phrases like “faculty resistance” and the importance of getting “faculty buy-in” are tossed around with great frequency. But is that perception still valid? Are all instructors so set in their ways, skeptical of anything new, and fearful of deviating from what they’ve done that it’s nearly impossible to get them to try something new?
"I get probably five or six calls a day from different principals or superintendents saying, ‘I bought all this technology, now what?’" said Allison Powell, vice president for new learning models at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, or iNACOL. "They’re buying the technology without thinking through what their specific learning goals and outcomes are, and technology might not be the right tool for that.”