Why Schools Need Technology

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  • NCLB was introduced in 2001 to ensure that all students have an opportunity to be successful in school. In this presentation, I am going to show you research that proves technology is no longer a “neat” or “cool” tool for schools to use, but it is now a vital asset that our schools must have to ensure that our students are not left behind.
  • Why Schools Need Technology

    1. 1. Are our schools, teachers and students worth the price of investing in technology? David Wisthoff
    2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Student improvement on standardized tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of school culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Development of higher-level thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing our students for the 21 st Century. </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
    3. 3. Staff development is the key! <ul><li>Teachers need ongoing training in the effective uses of technology </li></ul><ul><li>New teaching strategies will help students succeed on standardized tests </li></ul>
    4. 4. Schacter (1999) <ul><li>Multiple studies have shown technology to improve standardized test scores. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Student Interest in Technology Collaborative Learning Improved School Culture
    6. 6. Graph – Schacter (1999) <ul><li>Graph produced in “Does it compute” (1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Higher achievement on math tests </li></ul><ul><li>Improved climate in both 4 th & 8 th grade from computer usage </li></ul>
    7. 7. Higher level thinking skills Simulation games/ activities Data driven programs that help students in areas of need Technology
    8. 8. Prepared students for the 21 st Century Closing the digital divide Technology keeps students interested in school 1:1 laptop programs help bring computers into homes that do not have them Students work daily with technology Students with access to technology are more likely to graduate high school
    9. 9. Summary – What technology will bring to our schools, teachers, and students. <ul><li>Higher test scores = AYP </li></ul><ul><li>Improved school culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students and teachers enjoy technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students who use higher level thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens prepared for the 21 st Century </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Question and answers </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul>
    11. 11. Final Question <ul><li>. The question I want to leave you with isn’t, “Is technology worth the investment?” The question I want to leave you with is this, “Is it worth the risk to our students and our schools to not invest in technology?” </li></ul>

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