Thursday, July 23, 2009

Directed funding may change the way technology is used in the classroom

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama has restored $650 Million in funding to the NCLB program over two years, bringing totals nearly to 2002 levels. This money must be applied to technology in the classroom, and provides a bright spot in otherwise tough economic climates.

Many districts receiving these funds are looking beyond simply equipping classrooms with the latest gadgetry, such as Smart Boards and video equipment, in favor of rethinking the way education is delivered. In some tech-equipped schools, teachers are playing a less-dominant role in the classroom, group work and problem-solving are emphasized, and technology is infused into every lesson, whether that means dissecting a frog with a software program or predicting the weather using real-time information.

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