EdTech Advice For School Leaders From 6th Grader Pamela

Educational technology leaders have many decisions to make. One of them is what technology they provide to which classes.

A Case for Tablets

One decision is what technology they provide to which classes. I think every class should have tablets. Tablets are an easy and fast way to find information. Tablets are a source of technology that allows you to practically do anything. This helps classes with projects, research and much more. There are many great apps that students can use, like Aurasma. Aurasma is a free  app that help kids show videos for project in a creative way. Apps like this will give kids more opportunities and help in many class activities.

One-to-one is a program that tech leaders should take into consideration because it would shorten the time student projects take and how many projects can be accomplished. — Pamela Flores, Grade 6

Use Across All Grades

Technology is often seen in higher grades but not in lower grades. In the times we live in, there is technology solely based for kids of a younger age. This is an advantage that schools should take into consideration. Sure the technology is pricey, but it's worth it. These products, like Leapfrog or Nabi, help kids learn better by making things that seem boring fun. This technology is great and school could easily raise money for this and more. In the higher grades, there are still some things that they are missing out on - one of them being computers. Some classes have one-to-one, but other classes only get access to a computer once a week. One-to-one is a program that tech leaders should take into consideration because it would shorten the time student projects take and how many projects can be accomplished.

Considering Why and How to Use Technology

There are very important things that they need to take into consideration: if, how, and why the classes will use the technology they provide. Some teachers are afraid of technology and possibly won’t use it if it is provided. This is shown specifically in teachers with younger classes. Most teachers are afraid that kids will break the technology or just not know how to use it. This is something that tech leaders should consider and make the technology they provide for younger kids easy to use and safe. There is also the thought of how they will use the technology. Some technology, like Google Docs, only substitutes the usage of manually writing. Other things like Wonderopolis and Google Classroom help you learn information easily, have fun, and are interactive. Plus, in Classroom you can communicate and help students with any questions they might have. But, the other thing they should consider is why they want to use it. Do they just use it for one thing? Or are they going to use almost every day? Some things like Google Drive or Gmail will probably be used everyday by older kids and probably for projects, talking to classmates, and more. Other things that are only used once a week for maybe only one are not very useful and probably not needed.

Pamela Flores, a 6th grade student at Sunnydale Elementary School at U-46 District in Illinois. The U-46 School District U-46 serves portions of 11 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties.

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