Two different articles paint different pictures on technology,%202007%20060a.jpg Ask anyone as to what they think of technology in the classroom and you will probably get different views. Ask me what I think of technology in our schools, and you will probably get a unique view from me. In my opinion, the inequities we have in our schools when it comes to technology…or supplies…or manpower…or resources…is shameful (and that’s putting it lightly).

Yesterday’s High Point Enterprise paints a rather positive picture on technology in our classrooms.  See this excerpt:

Advances in technology have nearly wiped out things such as the primitive chalkboards, bulky projectors and simple calcula­tors of the past. Teachers now use equipment such as Smart­boards or Whiteboards for in­struction. Students can take courses online and in some classrooms, video streaming is being used instead of text­books for daily lessons.
But the use of computers, by far, has transformed the class­room alone. Within the dis­trict, there are 24,000 comput­ers, and more than 99 percent of all classrooms have access to the Internet, e-mail and oth­er software applications.

But what about those online courses? Yesterday’s News & Record seems to take a less-than-positive eye on these “Learn-and-Earn” courses, in which the article says that fewer students than expected are signing up for these courses, despite the much publicized hype by Gov. Easley. See this excerpt:

“We couldn’t go full steam because the budget wasn’t approved,” said Michelle Solér , communications director for UNCG, the only four-year university participating. “Schools had their scheduling in place by then. I think this next year is going to be a lot better.”

In late July, legislators approved spending $11.5 million on the initiative, which aims to help more students earn college credit at no cost. UNCG and the state community college system reported 2,030 registrations statewide for the fall semester; administrators originally predicted about 10,000 for the academic year.

College officials said they plan to increase marketing efforts and work out technical problems to attract more students during the spring semester.

“The community college system sees it as being a successful venture so far because it happened so quickly and in a short period of time,” said Antonio Jordan , director of joint high school partnership programs.

Eleven students at two Guilford County high schools — Smith and Southern — are taking courses through the UNCG iSchool this semester. No students signed up for courses at GTCC, said Jane Pendry , the community college’s liaison for the early/middle college high school program.

By comparison, 25 Guilford County students are enrolled in the two-year-old N.C. Virtual Public School, a similar program that offers 78 courses to 5,800 students throughout the state.

Your tax dollars at work.

E.C. 🙂


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