Has the county’s use of educational technology in the classroom been appropriate? Do you support the system’s expenditures for student laptops?
Pasteur: From pre-kindergarten to grade twelve, students should be on a college or career trajectory. From the first day in school, every staff and faculty member should be preparing our young folks for the end prize. Students should be exposed to learning which combines 21st century technology with interactive strategies using common core standards with an emphasis on “literacy, numeracy, and writing” in every class, all being managed by capable educators, a job computers, alone, cannot do! Educators must be continuously supported and kept abreast of new trends and directions for student growth and development, purchased, managed, and levied with fiscal, instructional, and managerial responsibility. The philosophy for developing educators is the same as for students. For adults, we call it professional development; for students, we call it teaching. It is a cycle and none of it is free or inexpensive. Human beings must always be more important to educational and human growth than a computer. Access to computers is very important in the 21st century world, and schools should see that there is that access, but the cost should not exceed the cost to hire hire and retain personnel who will balance the relationship! There must be fiscal responsibility and management oversight, defining the process for the use of the technology. A great deal of money was spent on a good idea, the laptops, but with very little planning or management!