It seems that everyone recognizes the need for more technology in schools. A LEAD Commission survey indicated 82% of teachers and 71% of parents said technology would be helpful to enhancing learning. SO how do we translate that enthusiasm into actual funding? Ditching textbooks, expanding online learning, encouraging BYOD, leasing rather than buying technology, flipping classrooms, expecting local governments to set up broadband towers to reach into our poorer neighborhoods? How about all of the above?
While the above survey numbers are encouraging, check this one finding out. Only 54% of teachers think technology will become much more important during the next 10 years. Really? And therein lies the problem. If the folks running the show don't have a vision for what the future might hold, are they advocating for the changes that need to occur in our classrooms? Heck no. Too many of "us" are part of the problem, standing in the way of significant changes to our classrooms that still look pretty much the way they did 100 years ago. Minus the whiteboard, of course.
You can read the piece from Ed Week below. You can also continue being the voice for your students, as most of them are not able to vote yet.