Letting teachers and principals choose which technology solutions to implement is one of the keys to success for the chief of an Oregon school district. Nancy Golden, superintendent of Oregon's Springfield Public Schools, said her staff feels empowered and motivated because they decide which instructional tools they will use, rather than being told by upper management.

Using any new classroom technology effectively requires tremendous training, especially when executing a school-wide, one-to-one computing initiative. When teachers are eager to learn and to use the tools, Golden explained, the outcome is much better.


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