Tech in schools – not just higher ed

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on April 1, 2009

Technology and social networks are not only for higher ed.  The Horizon Report: 2009 K-12 Edition, released earlier this month, identifies and describes six emerging technologies that will have a huge impact on K-12 education within the next one to five years. This is good news, but I do worry about implications for some schools.  Will this level the playing field or separate it further?

My husband is a high school teacher in a rural school.  He has seen some of these technologies.  He has a smartboard in his classroom that he uses often.   He also shared texting information with a group of his AP students, based on recommendation from an AP training – students can text for information on classwork, if they need it.  I was unsure of this at first, but they have actually been very responsible about it!  We are also working on setting up a PBwiki Classroom account for his class next year.  These things are in place because my husband is interested in sharing these tools with his students, but are all teachers?

My concerns:  Will this lead to further divides between schools, even within schools?  How will school IT handle firewall and other issues for some of the technologies – they are pretty strict?  Will all teachers embrace this and if not, what are the implications?

I look forward to the potential of these technologies for students and hope that they are successful.


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