Recently I read a journal called “Project targets new teachers’ tech use”, by eSchool News staff. This journal is about a new study that Indiana University School of Education is embarking on. This $3.1 million study focuses on how current and emerging technologies are being used most effectively in classrooms, and how best to prepare new teachers to use these tools. In order to complete this study Indiana University is teaming up with a Vienna, Va. Based technology consulting firm. They titled this project “Leveraging Education Technology to Keep America Competitive”. This study was designed because society has been criticizing that with all of the technological advancements teachers are not changing the way that they teach, and it’s not change the way that students learn. The hopes for this project are that the results will help direct federal policy toward technology in education.
My first thought after reading this journal was “It’s About Time”. I was getting tired of reading journal after journal criticizing teachers on the lack of technology begin integrated into the classroom. I am so happy that finally someone is taking some initiative in correcting this problem. Hopefully the results to this project will show us, (teachers, principles, parents, government, etc.) what we are or are not doing correctly in the classroom. After we see the results then hopefully we will be able to work together to better educate students and teachers and “Keep America Competitive”.