Magazine article Technology & Learning

NCLB and the Future of Learning. (Special Advertising Section)

Magazine article Technology & Learning

NCLB and the Future of Learning. (Special Advertising Section)

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Promoting Priorities

The No Child Left Behind Act promotes four priorities: being accountable for results, improving teacher quality and teaching methods, expanding parental involvement, and making decisions at the local level. To meet these priorities, the law requires increased emphasis on students' annual progress on standardized tests and the reporting of results to the state, federal government and to parents. The expectation is that every student will succeed academically. Technology can play an important role.

Accountability

With electronic storage of grades, attendance, discipline, and other data, it's much easier to see student progress over time, analyze its meaning, and provide individualized interventions that target students' specific learning needs. Educators and administrators need ongoing access to information and having it easily available on a handheld results in more effective instruction and management.

Research-Based Learning

NCLB mandates choosing instructional materials based on research, and the U.S. Department of Education has set up a What Works Clearinghouse for information on resources that get results. Instant access to the latest findings, to state standards, and to other online sources, and to school or district web sites provides information when you need it most. Using a Palm[TM] handheld with wireless access means you can have the answers anytime.

Parental Involvement

When parents participate in their children's education, the result is an increase in student achievement and an improvement in students' attitudes towards learning. Technology allows parents to monitor their children's test scores, get instructional activities to do at home, ask questions of teachers, and be generally more involved in their children's education.

thinking big and small

NCLB regulations are of such importance that administrators and educators need to see the big picture and have big ideas for assuring success. Yet the best way to achieve results is by thinking small--with a handheld computer and the software solutions that make the difference.

* Assessment

NCLB requires school districts and states to be accountable for results. Measuring student progress regularly leads to targeted interventions for better results. Handheld computers with software for observing and noting skills development and programs that provide quizzes on standards-based items are important tools for monitoring student improvement.

* Reporting

NCLB mandates that students must improve every year. Each year after testing, states must analyze how specific groups of students have performed and report the data to the federal government. Administrators must get the information into the hands of parents, educators and taxpayers as well. Using a handheld and software with student information guarantees you'll have specific information when you need it. When you need to make a presentation at a meeting, you can display the slides directly from a handheld too.

* Teaching

Great teachers are key to student success. NCLB mandates having highly-qualified teachers in every classroom by 2005 and promotes fiscal flexibility to hire new teachers, increase teacher pay, improve teacher training and to implement similar strategies to encourage the best teaching practices in our schools. …

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