The 1990’s saw the introduction of web portals, sites which brought together elements of news, weather, search engines and email. Soon software vendors were marketing businesses with Enterprise Portals-programs that would manage and connect people to information and processes in easy seamless programs, easy enough for even the most technologically challenged. The burden of schools to assimilate into the new century is long overdue. The mechanisms for modernization, relevance and success have long been available to educators. The real problem, for most, is envisioning the public school in its new role and helping students to step into the knowledge portal of the new century.
Through the Education Portal
Through the Knowledge Portal Technology in the 21st century school
The Technology Gap Connected at all times Digital manipulation of timed events (DVR, Tivo) Multiple levels of communication at once Fast-paced Information intense Inaccessible communication Real time instruction Single levels of communication Slow-paced Performance intense; information weak The Real World The School World
What the students said about the causes of the digital gap: The Administrator negativity Teacher inconsistency Lack of Access
How technology improves student achievement: Real life opportunities More student-centered classrooms Higher student motivation and interest
The Impact of Educational Technology on Student Achievement: What the Most Current Research Has to Say A report by John Schacter for the Milken Family Foundation (1999)
What stops us from using technology? In other words, If we have one convincing solution, why are we NOT using it?? <ul><li>Lack of a plan leads to one-time purchases with no follow-up </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of training leads to poor results </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of student misuse limits access </li></ul><ul><li>Budget concerns </li></ul>
A Report on the Effect of Unitedstreaming ™ Application on Educational Performance Boster, F. J., Meyer, G. S., Roberto, A. J., & Inge, C. C. (2002). A report on the effect of the unitedstreaming(TM) application on educational performance. Cometrika, Inc., Baseline Research, LLC., & Longwood University.
A study conducted by SRI under contract for Palm Inc, to evaluate the use of palm computers in classrooms in various geopgrahic settings and across grade-levels. The Palm Education Pioneers Program
49 High School 45 Middle Grades 23 Primary Grades 4 Special Needs 2 Music 4 Math 5 Social Studies 5 Physical Education 13 Language 25 Cross curricular 33 Environmental Science subset 44 Science
The timing and occasion of students' technology-supported learning activities need not be dictated by the availability of the computer lab or a classroom desktop computer. Students' collaborative exploration of the world and sharing information and resources become an easy and natural part of learning activities. p. 77 “Final Thoughts” from the Palm Report
Levin, D, & Arafeh, S. (2002) The digital disconnect: The widening gap between internet-savvy students and their schools. American Institutes for Research for Pew Internet & American Life Project. Washington, DC. http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/67/report_display.asp. Bracewell, R., Breuleux, A., Laferriere, T., Beniot, J., & Abdous, M. (1998). The emerging contribution of online resources and tools to classroom learning and teaching. Montreal: Universite Laval. http://www.tact.fse.ulaval.ca/ang/html/review98.html Schacter, John. (1999). The Impact of Educational Technology on Student Achievement: What Most Current Research Has to Say. The Milken Family Foundation Boster, F. J., Meyer, G. S., Roberto, A. J., Lindsey, L., Smith, R., Strom, R., & Inge, C. C. (2004, September). A report on the effect of the unitedstreaming(TM) application on educational performance: The 2004 Los Angeles Unified School District mathematics evaluation. Cometrika, Inc., Baseline Research, LLC, & Longwood University. http://unitedlearning.com/streaming/evaluation.cfm?id=315 Crawford, V., & Vahey, P. (2002). Palm education pioneers program, March 2002 evaluation report. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. http://www.palmgrants.sri.com .