Administrators share top 10 thoughts on digital learning

From staff and wire reports
April 19th, 2013

More and more educators, parents, and education technology advocates see the need for classroom technology and digital learning, but say that stagnant or shrinking budgets continue to impede progress in many cases.

The 2012 Speak Up report, From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Digital Conversion of the K-12 Classroom, completed by 466,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, and administrators, gathered input on education technology use, digital learning, policies, and trends from stakeholders.

In the report, 6,011 school and district administrators share 10 ideas about digital learning:

1. What’s waking you up at night?
Fifty-five percent of school principals and district administrators say they worry that they do not have adequate technology for students to use at school, and nearly 50 percent said they believe that leveraging digital textbooks, online classes, and mobile devices could improve student outcomes.

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2 Responses to “Administrators share top 10 thoughts on digital learning”

April 19, 2013

Although this is a very nice list, it seems as though it misses a major point. From the calls and questions we get inour office, I would see the #1 tech-related question keeping people up at night and perhaps the #1 concern is digital/online safety & cyberbullying. As a parallel to this, a major concern is the fatc that districts and schools are still very often unaware of the fact that they had to update their Internet safety/use polocies by last July to specifically address (teach) digital safety & cyberbullying awareness and response in order to be CIPA compliant for E_Rate reimbursements.
Therefore, there are fiscal, compliance, safety, and bullying/cyberbullying issues which they face every day – and which they are often at a loss to address.

    April 21, 2013

    On the other hand, if we don’t start getting caught up with technology we will not learn how to address this issue. Bullying is not going to change whether it is cyber or not. But we can’t hog tie ourselves every time the issue comes up we need to find a solution and the best way to do that is to get on board.