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Teachers need to do all they can to integrate technology into classroom Recognize that online tech is a way of life and fundamental to learning. Regularly book the computer lab, invest in more school technology, welcome the BYOD policy.. do what is needed to facilitate online learning. Follow the link and take this quick survey to evaluate how well you’re doing and and receive tips for improvement.

http://www.edutopia.org/quiz-tech-savvy-teaching

(It’s interactive & better than reading through stats!)

This Youtube video, though long provides practical stratagies for acquiring funds for classroom technology.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMibhFAdfKg

Debate around this case study Learning Innovation vs Improved Test Performance

The New York Times article “In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores,” discusses a school in the Kyrene School District that has fully implemented technology in the classroom. Since 2005, the school has invested around $33 million in technology, par a passing vote. Children use laptops and tablets for their work and integrate things like Facebook groups into regular projects. Unfortunately, the school is also suffering from low standardized test scores. (Ed note: unfortunately, it seems entirely plausible that test scores and actual learning may not be as tethered as we’d like.)

While statewide test scores have risen, Kyrene School District remains stagnant in the face of all of their innovation. Teachers worry that while the technology is engaging on a creative level, the students may be missing out on basic concepts like math and language. Other proponents of technology point out that standardized test scores may not be the best gauge of student intelligence and creativity. Still others yet reason that there’s no reason to spend millions of well-earned tax dollars on a system before knowing whether or not it is sincerely helpful for educational growth.

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