Why Technology Is Failing In Public Schools


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An undercover case study across different public schools reaveals why technology is failing. After our observations, we concluded that technology is failing primarily because: inattention to results and avoidance of accountability. To our surprise money is not the problem. We are including some ideas on how to improve academic achievement through technology. Your comments and ideas may help schools better serve their students.

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Why Technology Is Failing In Public Schools

  1. 20 20 Learning A strategic plan to achieve our VISION Goal: Improve academic achievement www.edutechnia.org
  2. ―In public schools, there is nothing more challenging, more perilous to achieve, than to take the lead in the introduction of new ideas for educational reform. However, when we fail to meet the needs of our children and fail to bring results, not taking any action would be irresponsible.‖ Jorge Madrid
  3. What’s essential for today’s technology programs? Everywhere you look, there’s talk about the economy. While we don’t know what’s ahead, we can guess that school districts will be dealing with tighter budgets soon. Will technology programs feel the impact? Planning in times of tight budgets is challenging, and to weather bad times, districts need a strategy for choosing everything from systems to hardware, software, professional development and other essentials. www.edutechnia.org
  4. A fourth-grader today doesn't need intimate knowledge of Microsoft's latest browser in order to succeed later in life. Kids need to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. They need to know how to read and write. To be responsible citizens, they ―Despite millions and millions of need to know the basic facts of U.S. history and understand the dollars spent on new learning ideals that inform our republic. They need to know how to learn. And they need motivated, competent teachers. That's it. technology, schools had not achieved James Firedman 09/10/99-© Copyright 2002 USA TODAY real improvements in teacher productivity or student achievement .‖ February 28, 1994 The public has not seen much of a return on the federal government's investments of millions of dollars in grants to states and school districts for educational technology. [Education Week, April 10, 2007] www.edutechnia.org
  5. Technology has greatly changed our society, culture, and workforce, but surprisingly has had minimal impact on K-12 education . . . www.edutechnia.org
  6. Even with increased access to technology, students in low-income schools performed substantially below average on recent assessments. www.edutechnia.org
  7. Why haven’t computers reduced achievement gaps between students? Perhaps the answer to this question is few clicks away. . . www.edutechnia.org
  8. Problems: Many schools today still reflect their Industrial Age origins with rigid schedules, inflexible facilities, and fixed boundaries between grades, disciplines, classrooms, and functional roles. Twenty-first century learning cannot fully flower when embedded in a rigid 19th century calendar. www.edutechnia.org
  9. Facts: •Despite millions and millions of dollars spent on new learning technology, schools had not achieved real improvements in teacher productivity or student achievement. • Many Public Schools have been label as underperforming and now they are facing Corrective Action. • We are leaving Children Behind www.edutechnia.org
  10. Have these schools been wired for failure or improvement? www.edutechnia.org
  11. = Is chalk as effective as computers? www.edutechnia.org
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  13. Reality Check Cutting the wires may not be a wise move. . . But when parents (taxpayers or owners) don’t see results in their investment, something wiser make happen. www.edutechnia.org
  14. Choose the best answer: 1) Why has technology failed in schools? A) Failing to make optimal use of technology B) No appropriate objectives and goals for its use C) Lack of training D) We don’t realize its potential E) All of the above www.edutechnia.org
  15. Answer: E) All of the above www.edutechnia.org
  16. In his inaugural address President Barak Obama warned about the need to cut programs. ―Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. . . Our schools fail too many. We will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. Those who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely. All this we can do. And all this we will do.‖ www.edutechnia.org
  17. The implementation of any technology in schools should address, first and foremost, the priorities and needs of our students. Unfortunately, we have deviated from this principle and as long as we continue to do so, we will never bridge the gap. www.edutechnia.org
  18. ―The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.‖ Bill Gates www.edutechnia.org
  19. When students lack the academic language to meet any standards, applying technology ineffectively will ONLY magnify their inefficiencies. www.edutechnia.org
  20. The rationale of technology in Public School • The primary goal of technology in schools is to improve academics www.edutechnia.org
  21. Rationale: Technology is the application of tools to solve problems that extend human potential for the benefit of society. www.edutechnia.org
  22. Rationale: Technology should be a tool to help educators meet the educational needs of all children. www.edutechnia.org
  23. The goal of the technology standards is to help students live, learn and work successfully and responsibly in an increasingly complex, technology-driven society. www.edutechnia.org
  24. quot;If we are serious about school improvement, and indeed, the overall educational performance of our students, we must learn to apply technology effectively. . . As in any professional field, we must take into account our demographics, the nature and culture of the classroom. But, most importantly the priorities and needs of our children‖
  25. Research has shown that if technology is used in an active and engaging student-centered environment within high poverty schools, it can have a positive impact on the nature and culture of the classroom (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 1999; Bruner, 1996; Cradler, McNabb, & Burchett, 2002). www.edutechnia.org
  26. Our technology should address activities to improve literacy and develop academic language for ELL students particularly the building blocks of reading: • phonemic awareness • phonics • comprehension • fluency • vocabulary • writing www.edutechnia.org
  27. Action Plan • Modify current schedule to allow a systemic change • Leverage the power of technology and resources • Implement the 20/20 Learning www.edutechnia.org
  28. What is the 20/20 Learning? • Is an strategy to leverage the power of technology and library resources • Evaluates the Needs + Resources + Time and maximizes them to improve results • 20/20 is adding 20 minutes of Educational technology and 20 minutes of Library time for 1st through 8th. Graders. • These additional 20 minutes of library will be used exclusively to check out books. www.edutechnia.org
  29. The strategies and activities in the computer lab during 20/20-ITS will include but are not limited to: • ReTeach, • Challenge • Remediation and • Language acquisition www.edutechnia.org
  30. In medical terms 20/20 is a measurement that states a perfect vision. 20/20 Learning is a school-based strategy focusing on teaching and learning using current school resources and technologies. www.edutechnia.org
  31. In mathematical terms 20/20 is equal to a whole. Therefore, the implementation of the 20/20 Learning will be equal to ONE new resource position.
  32. Learning environments need to move away from a model in which schools mimic factories with their fixed structures, inflexible schedules, and various barriers designed for uniformity as both a means and an end. Instead, education systems should embrace the concept of quot;whole environments for the whole child.quot;
  33. 20/20 Learning is the result of an analysis for more than five years in a underperforming school. We evaluated the component parts of the whole and their relations in making up the whole. Our findings were that the conditions and the structures do not exist for a cohesive technology plan to succeed. The application of technology dysfunctions because we do not share a common and cohesive vision. www.edutechnia.org
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  35. Continue • While technology has made considerable strides in the business world, it is not clear whether the impact of this evolution has been felt or understood by the educational decision makers. • Unless there can be an awakening of the true role of technology in the minds of the decision makers, there will not be any shift in student achievement. Instead there will be new wine in old bottles www.edutechnia.org
  36. For technology to be effective, truly cohesive teams is a must: 1. trust one another 2. engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas 3. commit to decisions and plans of actions 4. hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans 5. focus on the achievement of collective results
  37. 20/20 Learning Community Students A 20/20 learning community shares common values and beliefs, and it’s actively engaged in learning together Curriculum from each other. Staff Library 20/20 Resources/ In a 20/20 Learning community, a Time Learning shared vision is created, embraced and Community understood to solve their problems using technology. The goal is to create the necessary structures and conditions that will ensure Parents Technology time, space and resources are made available. www.edutechnia.org
  38. In a learning community, these five elements are interconnected and interdependent similar to the Yin and Yang Chinese philosophy. Students Curriculum Staff and Library = Resources Technology Parents www.edutechnia.org
  39. After a thorough analysis of the Needs + Resources + Time (schedule) We can create something Greater that the Sum of its Parts. Conclusion: 20/20 is equal to a whole learning community. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. www.edutechnia.org
  40. The 20/20 Learning is an strategy to improve academics and a modification of the current schedule to allow systematic change. www.edutechnia.org
  41. 20/20 Learning is aligned and complies with the 5 priorities recommended by the Solutions Team for school improvement. www.edutechnia.org
  42. Conclusion: Critical-thinking skills, problem-solving, and decision-making are necessary to create new knowledge. To effectively engage our students in the learning process, we must: • use technology to access primary sources • expose our students to a variety of perspectives • enhance the overall learning experience through: • multimedia • simulations • interactive software and • library resources www.edutechnia.org
  43. 20/20 • 20/20 Learning is a school based strategy focusing on teaching and learning using current school resources. 20/20 Learning is about differentiating instruction through technology. • During 20/20 Learning, computers are used to tailor instruction to meet the needs of individual students. 20/20 Learning provides a variety of ways for individual students to take in new information, assimilate it, and demonstrate what they have learned. 20/20 is about ReTeaching, challenging, and engaging students www.edutechnia.org
  44. Recommendations: • Flexible, shared, and sustainable learning spaces • Flexibility in time and schedules, including the length of class periods and seat time • Full access to digital tools and media resources • Expanded teacher and student support for technology use; and • A reconsideration of what makes a community of learners, including learning communities for education professionals. www.edutechnia.org
  45. During 20/20 Learning students will be using engaging technologies in collaborative, inquiry –based learning environments to transform knowledge and skills into products, solutions and new information. www.edutechnia.org
  46. By: Jorge Madrid M.S. Educational Technology Phoenix, AZ jamadrid@yahoo.com This presentation is dedicated to all my students. Mr. Madrid is a school teacher, entrepreneur and founder of EduTechNia a 501 c 3 nonprofit educational organization. One of our goals is to improve learning through technology. To learn more visit us at: www.edutechnia.org