Improving Education with Technology

Global and innovative ideas for improving the quality of education today

Information management is quite possibly the single most time-consuming element of a teacher’s daily routine. Grades, lesson plans, anecdotal notes, homework assignments, letters, handouts, visual aids, tests, phone messages, disciplinary forms. So much paperwork being handled and reviewed, shuffled from pile to pile, and sometimes mislaid and lost forever.

Technology can be an invaluable aide to teachers in dealing with all of this information. Computers, hand-held PDAs, and other technologies are now well-developed to accept and store huge amounts of data, analyze the data, and provide results to the user (in this case, the teacher, student, parent, or administrator). The government and military have been using technologies in these ways for decades, but our K–12 educational systems is far behind on the learning curve. The whitepapers below provide many ideas on how the technologies of today and the immediate future can be used to make education more effective and efficient.

Implementing technology in your school

The ideas presented in these short articles are modular. Each module or idea could be implemented independently and would provide immediate benefit to educators, students, parents, and administrators. Over time, additional technology modules could be easily implemented and integrated with the existing classroom technologies, providing even more benefits.

As with teaching, the keys to successful use of technology are thoughtful planning and compatibility. The bane of business and education alike are incompatible systems that simply can’t work together or must be coerced into working together with expensive and inefficient work-around solutions. Whenever possible, standardized and open systems and formats should be used. Avoid propietary systems and formats at all costs, as data becomes “locked” in such a manner as to create these incompatibilities (more on this in the first whitepaper).

Gather a group of intelligent and computer-savvy administrators, parents, faculty and staff, then allow them to work with a reputable consultant to develop your plan together. Don’t hire a consultant from or through your school or district’s technology supplier. The goal of such businesses is to sell hardware, software, and support, not necessarily create the efficient and functional system that would best benefit your district. When possible, hire a qualified full-time school or district technology coordinator to provide direction and assistance with installing, maintaining, and training faculty and staff on using the new technologies.

The whitepapers

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