Technology Use Planning Overview

Technology Use Planning Overview

Our assignment this week was to read over and put our observations and reflections about the National Educational Technology Plan.  I learned a lot about this topic from this assignment.

This plan was implemented for the intention that technology was equal across the board and country.  The primary problem in attaining this is the need for a cost-effective strategy that improves learning outcomes and graduation rates, powered by technology.  The integration has been centered on the individual classroom and instructor.  The problem is that since the early days of classroom technology, some teachers have considered internet searching to be technology-enhanced learning, while others focus on higher-level activities such as multimedia production.  I guess this plan is trying to be straight across the board with what is expected with technology in the classroom and what is higher-level learning with technology.  I feel that the NETP can be a great resource for all educators to look back on and see where you are supposed to be in your classroom with technology.  If we have a clear understanding across the board, then there is no room for error and more people can be held accountable for their actions or lack of actions.

The purpose of the National Educational Technology Plan 2010 is to have the immense potential of technology to prepare students for success in the internationally competitive-based economy.

Some goals of the NETP:

  • Fundamentally change the learning process
  • Use technology in the next generation of assessments
  • Connect teachers with peers and experts
  • Build infrastructure to support access
  • Harness the power of technology to become productive

The five objectives are what really caught my eye: Learning-Engage and Empower, Assessment-Measure what matters, Teaching: Prepare and connect Infrastructure-Access and enable, Productivity: Redesign and transform.  Technology is in our lives more than we recognize.  This is shown in the goals above.  This plan is here to assist teachers and students to be successful in their classrooms and their future.  The NETP is said to be, at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work, and we must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences and content, as well as resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete and meaningful ways.

I agree, mostly, with the National Educational Technology Plan.  I believe that technology should be the same across our district schools all the way to around the country.  I believe that us, as educators, need to be trained in technology and how to use it in our daily routine in the classroom.  I also would love to know all the hundred of thousands places online that offer the technology that we can use and support technology in our classrooms and assessments.

I love the idea of individualized learning with technology.  I am actually using flipped-learning in my classroom at this time, which is, in my opinion, individualized learning.  The idea of letting students learn at their own pace and on their own time is fascinating to me.  Learning should be set up for each and every child to be able to learn at their own pace so they have less frustrations in their everyday learning.

In the article, Developing Effective Technology Plans, by John See, I love the fact that he says plans need to be short-term.  Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that the plan should be revised every year!  We need to add or take out items in our plan that is not relevant anymore or add items that we are lacking with the “new” technology out in the world at that time.  This will not only benefit us as educators, but also our students.  We need to teach our students using the best technology that there is to offer!

I also agree with See when he says effective technology plans focus on applications, not technology.  He got me thinking about this statement and I believe it is true.  We do need applications that will make us work smarter, not harder.  Technology is here to help our needs and it should not be something that we have to work at to see a result.  I also agree with the approach as to buy what computer is going to fit “our” students needs.  The computers we use now in school are used for internet searching, power points, Word documents, and some other things.  Now this is middle school. So we can buy the standard computer that has all of these programs.  At our highschool, we have classes that have students building engines for cars and making blue points for building structures.  Obviously, these students need more advanced applications on their computer.  Every school district should look at each schools needs for technology and then purchase applications/computers as seen fit.

I do feel that some of the technology that my district has purchased has been a waste of money.  We do not offer basic keyboarding and I feel this is a necessity.  There are so many free applications on the web that we do not need to purchase $50,000 technology programs.  With technology changing constantly, we should be spending our money or more long-term goals.  Obviously technology is extremely important in our students lives, but we can teach them so much for so much cheaper.  The one investment that I do feel is beneficial are the smart boards in every classroom.  This is a way to bring in technology and applications to your classroom everyday in new and unique ways.

I really enjoyed learning and researching about the Technology use Plan and feel that I am more knowledgable about the subject.  I can not wait to see what our schools technology plan consists of.

References

National Education Technology Plan 2010. Department of Education. Retrieved April 9, 2012 from http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010

See, J. (1992, May). Developing effective technology plans. National Center for Technology Planning. Retrieved from http://www.nctp.com/html/john_see.cfm

Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2010). Learning on demand: online education in the united states. Welcome to The Sloan Consortium | The Sloan Consortium. Retrieved from http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/survey/learning_on_demand_sr2010

Cuban, L., Kirkpatrick, H., & Peck, C. (2001). High access and low use of technology in high school classrooms: Explaining an apparent paradox. American Educational Research Journal, 38(4), 813-834.

NAEP – Frameworks. (n.d.). National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a part of the U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved November 22, 2010, from http://www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/frameworks.asp

ACET Standards:

Standard 5: Evaluation

5.1 Problem Analysis, 5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation, 5.4 Long-range planning,

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