Am sitting in the middle of a presentation by Susan Patrick form the US Dept of Education, titled “Are Schools Ready for Today’s Students? – A sneak preview of the National Educational Technology Plan (NETP)”. I’m using the extended entry to record my notes from this presentation as it happens – cool eh?
Key points from this presentation
- change in how funding is provided – now targetting specific educational goals – and matching appropriate hardware/software, PD and resource development to help meet that goal
- use of online assessment to create more meaningful assessment through immediacy of feedback and use of assessment data to inform future planning
- need to collect and use data about students to inform future planning – most of this data exists within the business and commercial community, rather than within education.
Three major forces impacting change on Ed Tech policy
– economy is changing and is a major force on Education
– students are different today
– eudcational system as we know it is going through major changes
1 – Economy
– 60% of jobs in 2010 don’t even exist today (dept. of labour)
– will be information-based in a changing world
– global issues – other couint4ries are catching up really fast
– in the past three years the size of the world’s workforce has doubled (Craig Barrett)
– US has the second highest investment in technology per student – but rates very low in terms of achievement in science and maths
– productivity paradox – businesses had to first re-structure their operation before realising the benefits of technology
– shcools have an achievement paradox – despite a decade of investment in technology, achievement indicators have remained flat
– ed system must re-engineer its processes – achievement, delivery, instructional strategies etc.
– need for investment in professional development
– changes in federal funding of ICT in the US:
First – hardware and infrastructure
Second – professional development
Now – focus on educational goal, outcomes, need – then determine what hardware/software and PD is required to achieve that goal.
3 priorites for US Tech Plan
– student data and management systems
Student data and management
– use of data to individualise student learning programmes
– tracking and recording achievement, planning to meet student needs
– need for fully integrated information system – central focus is a data warehouse, enabling all users to draw information from a variety of data sources – then act on it to bring about change in achievement
– increase timeliness of testing and return of test results
– current test results from a paper-based testing approach inform instruction
– online testing provides immediate feedback – then able to immediately tailor instruction for the individual
– expensive to set up initially, but return over time is
– expect return on investment in three years (based on Oregon tiral)
– one way of offering choice in rural areas
– opportunity for teachers to access PD and higher ed.
– encouraging development of state virtual schools through different funding models
Average exenditure per pupil has risen from around $3000 per student in 1984 to around $8000 in 2004 – while the achievement levels as reflected by national testing has remained flat. CONCLUSION – despite the dramatic increase in spending on education per student, there has been no increase in maths/science proficiency. Gaps that exist between ethnic groups also a major concern.
Third major force – STUDENTS
– we are teaching a different generation of students – the MIllenials
– major undertaking to explore how students are using technology in school, out of schools – found that noone had any data on students – businesses, market reseachers etc had more data than the educational professionals!
MILLENIALS – data from commercial research groups…
– born between 1982 and 2000
– have come of age along with the internet
– information ahs been universally available and free to them
– community is a digital plance
– family is important to them
– beleive education is critically important to their future success
– interested in their world and community
– have substantial purchasing power (20% of teens own stock)
– live their lives online – use computers at home more than TV (ave 24 hours per week compared with ave of 15 mins per week at schools)
– concerning stats re student perceptions of school – steady decline in the last twenty years
– to create learning environments that are more suited to the needs of the Millenials