Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Education Department Report On School Technology.

Schools lag behind much of society in using technology, but students are seeing benefits and clamoring for more access to computers, the government says. Almost all U.S. schools are connected to the Internet, with about one computer for every five students, according to an Education Department report on school technology:
Overall, more schools are using technology to offer tutoring, track student performance and increase communication between parents and teachers. At least 15 states provide some form of "virtual schooling," in which young students gain access to individual instruction online. (OLD BACKWARDS KANSAS IS ONE OF THEM!)

Yet educators still lack of training and understanding about how computers can be used to help students, said Education Secretary Rod Paige.

"Education is the only business still debating the usefulness of technology," Paige said in the National Education Technology Plan, scheduled for release Friday. "Schools remain unchanged for the most part despite numerous reforms and increased investments in computers."

FOR DISCUSSION: How would you rate Halstead's use of technology and the teacher's knowledge of technology? What needs to be improved?


Blogger Casey Jack said...

Hmm - since I haven't ever been enrolled in a school other than Halstead, I can't really comment on Halstead's use of technology. I think that we are taking steps in the right direction, but we're still not there yet. There are still times when we run out of computers (very rare, but it happens)

An obvious step forward would be a one-to-one student computer ratio, as a few schools do today. This gives everyone access to a computer, leveling out the playing field and greatly streamlining a lot of things. I think that Halstead is a long way off from this though.

Another problem with technology in schools is the knowledge teachers possess about computers. Many students have knowledge that far surpasses the technological prowess of their educators. A lot of teachers simply aren't that great at using computers - much less integrating them into their classrooms.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Mr. Warsnak said...

Where are teachers lacking in use of technology and what types of things would you like to see teachers do with technology?

8:57 PM  

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