Schools fail to make the most of technology

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram It’s been more than a decade since policymakers and educators launched concerted efforts to bring technology to the classroom. But for the most part, use of computers at school still falls far short of its potential to improve learning. Those same youngsters who can invent a specialized language for text-messaging, assemble full and varied iPod playlists, create individualized and attractive sites on Facebook and MySpace or display their videos on YouTube can handle more at school than delivering their project reports with PowerPoint presentations. It shouldn’t take another decade for schools to figure that out. But it won’t be easy or cheap. ? Computers offer the opportunity for instruction at each individual’s pace, guided by teachers skilled at recognizing the needs and skills of both. ? The fact that such computer-aided, highly individualized teaching is not available today is not the fault of the teachers or the schools. There simply has not been enough investment – public or private – in developing the software tools to make it possible and then to train educators in how to make maximum use of those tools. ? last_img

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