For teachers and students to be able to use technology effectively at school, the school itself should be using technology effectively. This can be done by linking specific tools (such as wikis and social media) together using a road map for technology development. You can find it for free at: www.schoodl.com.
The staff at my friend's school barely knows how to use Word. They lose documents, and things are out of date. If every school followed a simple technology road map, they would be like companies that have computers and project plans, documentation, processes, user's guides, and training. When the administration and staff keeps up, teachers and students would have a solid base on which to grow. Parents and other community ...more »
Challenge: Read Maxine Greene's "Releasing the Imagination"
If the "at risk" portions of our population continue to lack access to learning technologies, the opportunity gap in our country could soon become dangerously wide. We must find innovative ways to work together to ensure the most "at-risk" portions of our population have access to state of the art digital learning tools.
To move forwards, schools need educational leaders who understand the risks and benefits of technology and can help be instructional leaders. There is a need for Technology Institutes to help principals, superintendents, etc. to develop the sort of risk-taking, innovative, creative, and supportive tech leaders that are needed so that they become enablers, not barriers to technology innovation in schools. But they need ...more »