School leaders and teachers may find this read highly useful for their future plans of transforming classrooms with a smart use of digital technology. How and why digital technology and education go together has been perfectly explained in Andrew A. Zucker’s book Transforming schools with technology, written in terms of technology playing an essential role for achieving educational goals as well as further improvement and transformation of schools.
6 educational goals
Goal 1 – Increase Student Achievement
Technology can help students learn many content areas because it provides a more interactive role for students, rather than a traditional passive role as a learner.
Goal 2 – Make Schools More Engaging and Relevant
Social networking, learning communities, tools such as probes and laptops can provide students with an opportunity to learn academics and real world skills.
Goal 3 – Provide High-Quality Education for ALL Students
It is important that all students have equal access to quality education and technology can help provide this equality.
Goal 4 – Attract, Prepare and Retain High-Quality Educators
Offering new and relevant technology can make teaching more attractive. It demonstrate that teaching is a valued profession that recognizes the changing times and the need for relevant , current technology.
Goal 5 – Increase Support for Children Outside the School
Many educators claim that insufficient parental and community support can become an obstacle in education. Technology can help achieve this essential connection between school, home and community.
Goal 6 – Require Accountability for Results Recommendation
Digital technology can help achieve goals of accountability of students’ results, improve curriculum, as well as teachers’ preparations.
View a complete insight into all 6 educational goals by Andrew A. Zucker here.
What others say about the book
Andrew A. Zucker is a former math, science, and computer teacher who worked for nonprofit organization as an educational researcher and evaluator. He developed virtual high school projects and worked on government technology budget. Check if you can agree with some of the reviews for Zucker`s book:
Transforming Schools with Technology shows how technology must be an integral part of any effort to redesign and improve schools. It emphasizes the importance of visionary leaders and how—with the smart use of digital technologies—necessary reforms can occur in our schools and classrooms.
Nancy Roche, Board Chair, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia
Too much of the debate over technology in education has been about whether it is needed. Andrew Zucker cogently makes the case for shifting our focus to how to use technology effectively. It is time to move beyond techno-cheerleading and focus on the educational leadership and vision it takes to use technology to transform learning. Finding that thoughtful balance is why every educator and policymaker should read Transforming Schools with Technology.
Keith R. Krueger, CEO, Consortium for School Networking The author says educational technology can help provide the tools necessary for improving the educational system and transforming schools into more relevant institutions that are responsive to societal needs. We absolutely agree! What are your opinions and experiences?