I have been away for awhile. The more I thought about blogging the less I felt I had to say. I like the simplicity of the Tips blog I keep for the district, but in that blog I kinda stepped into it deep.
While I was on paternity leave I posted the Scott Mcleod rant about Margaret Spellings and her, let’s say, less than thorough exploration of how the government should position itself on technology in the classroom. I applaud Scott because according to his new post Ms. Spellings would like to hear from the rest of us. Since I re-posted and since I am genuinely hoping this is not just an appeasement tactic, I feel the need to offer my two cents. (Not associated with David Warlick or his two cents blog)
Here is my email, tell me what you think, and then send your own:
I teach 7th grade communications at DuBois Area Middle School in DuBois, PA. I have three years of classroom experience and I am actively working on my master’s degree in technology integration. Technology has improved our schools and classrooms immeasurably. The consistent and concise flow of information has allowed both administration and staff to have what is necessary to make decisions about individual educational needs. Paper costs have gone down due to the use of an electronic database and student engagement is on the rise due to learning occurring in context.
In my opinion, as an educator and technology coach, the integration of technology has dramatically increased my efficiency and effectiveness. An access to current data through professional networking along with online organizational tools has provided me with the most precious gift in education, time. I use that extra time to develop engaging material and to connect with 120 students on a personal level.
Technology on its own does not have the power to prepare our students for the future or come close to meeting the 100% proficiency goals set by NCLB. However, a knowledgeable educator, with access to the right information, can help build a foundation that will give students the tools they need to be successful in any avenue they may choose. I am not usually in the business of telling the federal government how to operate, but in my opinion, if you want globally competitive students that are meeting the lofty goals set by NCLB then you need to invest in district specific support systems. Do not try to mandate an across the board position, but give the districts the support and resources they desperately need to develop and implement specific plans that benefit their situation.
Thank you for your time and the opportunity to voice my opinion.
Kenneth B. Pruitt