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

How Technology Is Changing Every Educator's Job

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

How Technology Is Changing Every Educator's Job

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IN MY conversations with a wide range of educators over the past few weeks, one big idea kept coming up. With demand for technology in the classroom increasing and budgets (ahem) not increasing, everyone who works in K-12 education is grappling with job descriptions that are changing in fundamental ways.

As Marie Bjerede and Keith Krueger put it in their column on page 8, districts are now "holistically restructure[ing] budgets as new ways of working completely change the tasks and priorities of the IT and instructional organizations. Many of the jobs that belonged to IT will go away as it shifts to a service organization, eliminating old job descriptions while creating new ones."

The CTOs I spoke to at last month's to allow teachers (and students) to have a bigger hand in managing their own apps and devices. It's a delicate balancing act between giving students the freedom to explore and keeping them safe and on task.

Our two Innovators (page 33) in this issue are embracing the possibilities of their shifting job descriptions. Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Darryl Adams has earned accolades from President Obama not only for passing a bond issue to fund a 1-to-1 iPad initiative in a low-income area, but also for his clever use of buses as WiFi hotspots in neighborhoods that lack Internet access. …

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