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Technology Trends Inching Toward Schools

The one-to-one computing and Web 2.0 waves are not washing into schools yet, but they are lapping at the doors.

Most students today are adept at text-messaging, Web casting, blogging, and socializing on the Web, but many schools so far have been unable or unwilling to keep pace with students technological expertise and interest.

Education technology experts told Education World, however, that the trends toward using portable electronic devices and personalizing the Internet are ones that schools will ultimately need to embrace to keep students engaged and competitive.

At the same time, experts said, schools shouldnt buy technology just to have it; educators need to decide what they want students to know and how technology will help them learn it.

And while adults are wading into these waters, kids are diving in head first. Youngsters spend more time online at home than in school, so parents still need to monitor students use of the Internet and electronic devices so they dont monopolize their time.

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WERE WIREDNOW WHAT? The biggest concern used to be getting schools connected to the Web. Now that theyre wired, how should teachers use it?

ENGAGING ALL STUDENTS Interactive digital devices can get more students involved in class and give teachers immediate feedback on their progress.

PERSONALIZING THE WEB Kids already are living digital liveshow do schools harness that interest and expertise?

HOME CONNECTION Parents are critical to helping youngsters develop responsible, practical, and balanced approaches to using technology.

PULL OUT YOUR HANDHELDS AND CLICK ON PAGE The one-to-one movement opens up new ways of teaching and learning.

AND THE PLAN IS Theres lots of fun stuff out there, but instead of buying the latest and greatest, first determine what problems you need to solve. Then find the tools that provide the solutions.

Article by Ellen R. Delisio
Education World®
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