Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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WHAT TECHNOLOGY TOOLS would populate your ultimate school? Would an interactive whiteboard be set in every classroom? Would cell phones and MP3 players be seamlessly integrated into the curriculum? Students, teachers, parents, and administrators were asked to outfit their ultimate school with one guiding criterion: maximizing achievement.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Administrators chose "school portal" far more than any other group.

* The amount of respondents who cited e-mail, IM, and texting rose sharply from elementary to secondary school.

* A wide gulf between students and educators is seen in the percentages related to online classes.

Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which of these tools
would have the most positive impact on learning!
(Multiple answers allowed.)

                                          GK-2    G3-5    G6-8    G9-12

Games/virtual simulations                  55%     54%     49%     44%
Laptop for each student                    46%     52%     56%     55%
Interactive whiteboards                    38%     44%     45%     46%
Unlimited student access to the
  internet                                 38%     28%     38%     42%
Mobile devices (cell phones, MP3
  players)                                 36%     30%     44%     45%
Online textbooks                           34%     38%     47%     49%
Document cameras                           34%     28%     42%     38%
Digital media tools (video, audio)         32%     41%     50%     53%
Collaboration tools (blogs, social
  networking sites, wikis, bookmarking)    29%     34%     41%     42%
Communications tools (e-mail, IM,
  texting)                                 29%     30%     48%     52%
School portal                              27%     26%     32%     32%
Tablet PC for each student                 26%     26%     32%     31%
High-tech instruments for science          --      49%     47%     45%
Tools to help organize work                --      45%     42%     44%
Online classes                             --      35%     42%     45%
Handheld student response systems          --      31%     43%     41%
Videoconferencing                          --      23%     31%     27%
Computer projection devices                --      --      47%     48%
Digital resources (databases,
  electronic books, animations, videos)    --      --      45%     47%
Learning management systems                --      --      32%     33%

                                          Teachers   Parents   Admin

Games/virtual simulations                   31%        12%      37%
Laptop for each student                     42%        21%      43%
Interactive whiteboards                     35%        36%      39%
Unlimited student access to the
  internet                                  32%        30%      36%
Mobile devices (cell phones, MP3
  players)                                  35%        32%      42%
Online textbooks                            24%        18%      27%
Document cameras                            21%        9%       20%
Digital media tools (video, audio)          25%        15%      34%
Collaboration tools (blogs, social
  networking sites, wikis, bookmarking)     22%        37%      33%
Communications tools (e-mail, IM,
  texting)                                  40%        40%      49%
School portal                               40%        27%      47%
Tablet PC for each student                  16%        21%      19%
High-tech instruments for science           21%        21%      28%
Tools to help organize work                 32%        41%      39%
Online classes                              14%        22%      20%
Handheld student response systems           14%        10%      18%
Videoconferencing                           33%        48%      36%
Computer projection devices                 15%        8%       28%
Digital resources (databases,
  electronic books, animations, videos)     13%        13%      22%
Learning management systems                  2%         3%       2%

--Data courtesy of Speak Up, an annual national research project that
surveys K-12 students, teachers, parents, and administrators. … 
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