Putting School Technology To the Test
October 1, 1998
- Education Below Full CapacityInvestments in education technology will fail to provide a return if schools lack the capacity to use it well. That capacity must be built into all levels of the education system. States and districts must take aggressive steps to plan for technology and evaluate its use. For their part, schools should have the technical support to make sure the technology functions as intended. And teachers must be given sufficient and rich opportunities to learn to use it in productive ways.Education Lessons From a Dirty RiverFor students at Lessenger Middle School, a glance at the nearby River Rouge is all it takes to gauge the health of the waterway that winds through this city. Even the littlest of observers can point to the broken beer bottles that line its eroded banks, the litter that floats alongside stray logs, and the jagged metal of a submerged car as evidence of the river's chronic pollution.Education 'Everyone Can Raise Their Hands'It's 10 p.m., and Maralee Clark's household is finally quiet. As her 8- and 10-year-old children sleep, she steals a moment to log on to the computer in her spare bedroom. At her fingertips, she finds a community of teachers with a shared interest: learning more about the standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. What connects them is Mathline, a professional development service offered by the Public Broadcasting Service.Education A Goal in Itself or Means to an End?Almost all educators agree that schools have a responsibility to prepare students to function in a digital world. Technology is everywhere, the thinking goes, and if today's children don't know how to use it, they'll lack the skills they need for the jobs of the future.Education For More Information, Press 1...For a certain group of parents, Judy Biancani's lightly tripping voice is Moon Mountain Elementary School. Announcements are part of an effort in 285 schools nationwide to increase parent involvement through a voice-messaging system called the Bridge Project. Moon Mountain teachers began using the system, which can be modified to allow parents to leave messages as well, last year.