Who isn’t talking about education these days? While the federal government and state goverment officials struggle with finding solutions to the nations’s education problems, students need to learn every day. Regardless of the direction of the nation’s education agenda, there are dedicated professionals working with students in classrooms every day. There are parents homeschooling their own students. There are students in public schools, in private schools, in magnet schools, in charter schools, in parochial schools, and dropping out of schools at record rates.
What role should technology play in education? What benefits does technology bring to education in general? How can technology start to help attack some of those state and national educational issues from the ground up? My experience and background, as well as my common sense, tell me a few things about technology:
- Technology is motivating – who doesn’t love the latest tech toy or tool?
- Technology can enable – it helps to level out the playing field for more students
- Technology removes barriers – of space, time, location
- Technology in the hands of students and teachers can support school and student success
Student-Tech Synergy has three goals:
1. Spark discussion and thought about the role of technology in education
2. Direct discussion around uses of specific technologies for specific purposes to achieve goals
3. Identify strategies that districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students can use to support individual student success using technology