How To Build Support For Education Technology

How To Build Support For Education Technology

Success as a whole in the education system is driven by new and innovative technologies in the classrooms. Support for President Obama’s ConnectEd plan, which intends to give 99% of students in America high-speed internet access within the next five years, is growing. The initiative will also help teachers understand effective ways of using education technology in their classrooms to support student’s learning.

Many supporters believe that the initiative will not reach its full potential unless schools, and their policies, fully support the use of education technology in all classrooms. They also advocate for the ability of students to have access to particular devices that will help them take advantage of the new EdTech opportunities.

An important step in allowing the initiative to reach its full potential is convincing  community stakeholders that education technology is imperative in the classroom and pivotal in supporting student learning and success.  However, convincing may be difficult because some still believe in the “traditional” ways of education, or because they didn’t use technology in the classroom when they were students.

In order to move forward with the ConnectEd plan, teachers and advocates must change these mindsets. Some examples that the article gives of the language that should be used when advocating for technology are:

  • “Investing in our kids’ future” (not “investing in technology”)
  • “Tools for learning” (not “digital resources”)
  • “Technology-enhanced learning” (not “integrating technology into instruction”)
  • “Active engagement” (not “relevancy-based”)
  • “Flexible” (not “un-tethered”)

The article also goes into to detail about using key beliefs about education when advocating for technology. Some beliefs include:

  1. “Education is a right.”
  2. “Only half of Americans think that their child is reaching his or her full potential.”
  3. “Options are good.”
  4. “Public schools as a whole are not performing well.”
  5. “Parents should be engaged in their children’s education.”

It is so important to transform these adverse mindsets so the students of America can use the tremendous opportunity they are being given.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-support-education-technology-anne-obrien