Magazine article Curriculum Review

All Grades IT Trends in Schools

Magazine article Curriculum Review

All Grades IT Trends in Schools

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Technology is as much a part of the fabric of American schools as the desks students sit in. Staying abreast of the latest technologies used in schools and keeping up the rapid pace of technological change is a challenge for most education IT directors. But there are some current trends spotlighted in a recent article in Information Week that might help.

"The trends that are affecting education now are the increasing network speeds, the availability of huge amounts of cheap storage, and the ubiquitous presence of [smart phones and tablets]," said Joel Rosenblatt, director of network and computer security at Columbia University, to Information Week.

Individualized Experiences

Education technology needs to address students' needs across any device. "Especially with millennials, surveys clearly show that this cohort of students expects their technology not just to work, but to work how they expect it to," Kathleen Bostick, executive VP North America at the technology company SDL, told the magazine. "Education technology needs to deliver an individualized experience that engages users in their preferred language, on their preferred device, and based on their personal preferences."

One important technological change is the elimination of computer labs. Instead, streaming technology will be reaching more classrooms. "Flipping classrooms will become the norm, allowing the students to develop better critical thinking skills by reviewing [streamed] class material prior to going to class. Once they are in the classroom, they will have the opportunity to discuss the streamed data that goes beyond what is available in the text book," said Jim Freyburger, South University's associate chancellor for information technology, to the magazine. …

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