IL and Technology Education

I would like to spark some conversation regarding IL and tech education.  The following article from the Daily Herald is very interesting as it talks about the state of IL struggling with the issue of assessing students and their use of technology.  To quote the article, "Too few students in Illinois schools have the
technological skills needed to compete in and out of the classroom,
research shows."

I like teaching in the public schools for many reasons, but I have to agree that we are not educating our students very well in regard to their technology skills.  Too often we get caught up in the idea that kids are tech savvy.

The article continues with, "Illinois
State Board of Education members considered what it means to be
technology literate. In a nutshell, they said, it’s to fashion
technology to “communicate, collaborate and connect” information and
learning. They will vote on the definition next month."  I don’t understand why we have to reinvent the wheel here.  Use the ISTE.org NETS standards. 

Do we have a problem in IL?  What are we doing well or not well?  What do you think it means to be tech literate?

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  1. Tracy Selock said:

    I think one of the biggest problems we have in helping our students become technologically literate is the major discrepancy in working equipment and trained staff. Most districts don’t have the money to replace outdated equipment or to hire a teacher to run a lab. I know that in my building we have the “haves” and the “have-nots” when it comes to equipment and training. I feel that most teachers would love to make technology a part of their classrooms if they had what they needed and knew what they were supposed to do with it. We all know that students who are techno savvy are going to have increased chances of being successful as adults. Unfortunately teachers are not always given the equipment and training that are needed to get hte job done. Also, on a side note, teachers keep getting more put on their plates with less time and money to get it all done. Any thoughts on that? I’d love to hear from you:)

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