It’s that time of the year when all through the land little kiddos are stirring with technology plans. That jolly old fat man is in for a treat, the lists are a’coming and decked out with requests for iPads, iPods, lap tops, Chrome books, and droid phones gallore. And dear old St. Nick, it doesn’t stop there, because Suzy wants a DS, Jimmy an X-box, and Stuart wants a Playstation under the tree.
Many of our shopping lists look the same every year. New gadgets, new devices, and new gift cards to purchase apps for those devices. Ask your self this question though; What does your family budget for technology expenditures each year?
Once you have the answer to that question, ask yourself this… How do schools on dwindling budgets afford to purchase lap tops, projectors, document cameras, desktops, etc. for an entire student body? I don’t know about the jolly man in the red suit, but I wouldn’t want to tackle those budgets every year.
And how, after teachers get hooked on teaching with new and innovative methods using the latest technologies do we plan for keeping them current once the monies go away? In a time of tightening purse straps in all public schools, this riddle is a great one.
So I pose this question to you:
How can we ensure we engage our learners with innovative lessons in a future where funds are insecure?