The purpose of this blog is to follow the literacy and technology pilot. Here we will follow the progress of the pilot as we explore resources, try them out in our classrooms, and share our reflections, successes, and questions.
We invite others in the community to share their thoughts and experiences with us as we craft recommendations to improve our students' use of technology to enhance literacy.
Joseph South, director of
educational technology for the US Department of Education, says if he
could make one change to how schools use technology, then schools would
think of students as "digital creators, not digital consumers." In this
interview, he fields six questions about technology in schools.
The average school should be
prepared to triple its internet bandwidth in the next three years,
according to a report by the State Educational Technology Directors
Association. The report also calls on schools to ensure students have
equal access to technology outside of school.
Some experts are concerned
about Facebook's new app, called Lifestage, which is aimed at teens. The
app lets teens create video profiles and connect with peers at their
schools, but some question its lack of privacy settings, including no
way to restrict viewing.