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U.S. CTO: Better Tech Instruction Needed

The U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith did not hold back when speaking about the need for everyone to get more involved and connected through technology. She specifically said an increase in usable, efficient tech in schools is needed. 

“Interviewed by Kelly Corrigan, Smith talked about the need for better education in technology, though she said that was harder because it was a more federated system,” according to PC World.

In fact, Smith used Raspberry Pi as one her examples. It’s a low-cost credit-card sized computer that enables the user to plug it into any monitor and TV. For its size, the computer is very capable and apparently served as a tool to teach computer programming.

“She said seven major school districts are committed to middle school and high school computer science education,” according to the article.

“Holding up a Raspberry Pi, she talked about how students in the second grade in other countries were learning to program on it.”

The conversation was a result of an interview that was conducted at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference. Smith desired to encourage a greater involvement in technology.

STEM has been heavily pushed over the last two years and more so in 2015. It’s becoming a focus for many administrators, especially when it comes to integrating devices such as tablets into the classrooms. Pinpointing expert educators to relay how the tech tools are used and budgeting for them is important.

Education technology looks to be geared towards fostering the overall development of the future workforce in one of the most competitive job markets at the moment. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for administrators and educators to decide whether an increased focus on EdTech is worth losing time spent on other school subjects.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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