Michelle Judd, Sr. Marketing Manager, Global Communications @ Ergotron
Shawn Roner, @shawnroner, on his blog http://edbuzz.org, is discussing this week ISTE’s Top Ten Edtech Priorities for 2010. ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) is an association for educators and education leaders with a mission to help improve learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and higher education.
No doubt, as Shawn’s post points out, schools are already in the planning and consideration stage should Federal and State governments release the funds in 2010 to “facilitate school reform.” Technology will be a part of proposed spending and it is up to “school leaders to consider the extent to which technology will shape this effort.”
Of note, number 4, “Continuously upgrade educators’ classroom technology skills as a pre-requisite of highly effective teaching.”
Ergotron’s research into the classroom over the last year was illuminating to many on the team. Long-term memory of technology in the classroom? Sometimes you got to watch a PBS special on a black and white TV.
Things have changed. I just responded to a student’s blog, from a link on Twitter from @teachakidd. Lee Kolbert is using blogging in the classroom and was asking her Twitter followers to comment and to tell where they were from when they did so.
Yes, things have changed.
Our sympathies, if you want to say it that way, and cheers do go out to the educators, who are having to learn how to do more with less, and to learn more to teach more. Learning technology can be fascinating, but it is time consuming too.
It’s good to note as we continue to design products for the education market. Easy to implement technology is definitely part of our strategy.
I recommend reading the whole post. It is a comprehensive list and I like that it ends with number 10, “Promote global digital citizenship.”