Bob Wise: Don’t Make a Technology Purchase Until You Make a Plan
April 17, 2013 06:29 pm
In his monthly column in the Huffington Post, Alliance president Bob Wise talks today about the importance of district leaders forming a strategic plan for digital learning and technology implementation. He talks in-depth about the Alliance’s Project 24 initiative – a set of resources and tools, along with a framework, to aid districrt and school leaders in creating a digital learning environment. He notes that technology is a powerful way to increase access and opportunity for all students everywhere, but it must be complemented by excellent teaching. Teachers, he says, become educational designers in a digital learning environment.
“Technology provides students with access to both online and traditional classroom opportunities that leverage data systems and interactive software — that may not normally be available — to engage and support students. With comprehensive planning and teacher support, technology can be an equalizer by providing the same educational opportunities to low-income students and students of color as it does to more affluent students. Technology can also be used to tailor learning based on each student’s needs.
Effective digital learning provides technological tools that allow teachers to be designers of each student’s individual pathway for achieving success. Technology enhances the teacher’s role in the classroom by opening up new opportunities for instructional strategies and digital content and resources. Additionally, online professional development opportunities can connect teachers with mentors and expert colleagues worldwide, which enables real-time collaboration on lesson plans and best practices.”
Learn more about Project 24, and how digital learning can improve student outcomes Wise’s column: Technology in Education: Before You Make a Purchase, Make a Plan.