Planning, Professional Development, Broadband Access Key to Technology Improving Student Achievement
A recent study from the Center for American Progress (CAP) concludes that too many students are using technology for lower-order skills, such as drill and practice programs. The report, “Are Schools Getting a Big Enough Bang for Their Education Technology Buck?” argues that in order to compete globally, students must be prepared to use computers in more advanced ways and sets forth a series of recommendations aimed at helping schools make the most of their investments in technology.
In response to this study, Brian Lewis, CEO of theInternational Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE®), issued the following statement:
“We agree with the Center for American Progress report’s assertion that technology is key to improving performance in every aspect of our lives, including business and industry. It has the same power to continually improve student achievement when schools have the opportunity and resources to develop thoughtful plans for integrating technology. This includes careful consideration of such issues as technology support, curriculum alignment and teacher professional development. ISTE is the premier organization for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning through technology. As such, we see examples every day of school districts, including Mooresville Graded District in North Carolina and the Metro-Nashville School District in Tennessee, that strategically planned for using technology to support their local learning goals. We’ve observed that, in those cases where success is most likely, teachers and other educators, including school leaders, received the professional development necessary to succeed.”
With President Obama’s recently announced ConnectEd initiative, there is a renewed focus on bridging the digital divide in schools around the country by providing universal connectivity. The ISTE standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age offer schools the roadmap for ensuring the successful integration of technology. These standards are used across the country and around the world.
“Our goal is to promote even wider use of the ISTE standards to support schools as they create digital age learning environments for their students,” added Lewis. “Together with innovative education leaders around the country, we can leverage the power of technology to personalize instruction, engage students in learning and continually improve student achievement.”
Bridging the digital divide, technology professional development for teachers and other issues critical to the successful use of technology to support teaching and learning top the agenda for ISTE’s annual conference and expo which begins this Sunday, June 23, in San Antonio. More than 18,000 representatives from all segments of the education enterprise will be in attendance to explore these topics and more.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and expo and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, visit iste.org.