10 Essential Tips For Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools is a blog post that compiles the advice given by teachers and researchers so faculty and administrators of other low-income school can have a better sense of how to implement new tech tools in the classroom. This article is primarily for educators who understand the benefit of technology in creating a more engaging learning experience, but are hesitant or simply unaware of how best to strategically introduce tech programs.
I think that one of the most important pieces of advice for educators is that “tech should compliment not replace.” It would be easy for teachers to give students programs to play with but unless students are being monitored, it is doubtful that the program will be able to increase the students’ motivation and learning. Programs such as ST Math have proven to be effecting in supplementing in-class learning because the class can then get both the computational and algorithmic side of math and the conceptual building aspects. ST Math was also ideal for the diverse students at this school because the program was designed not to be English language dependent, and was great for students who were more visual learners. There are tons of educational media and technology available for students to use, but it is up to teachers, administrators and parents to research and understand exactly which programs will be the most beneficial for their children.
Schwartz, Katrina. “10 Essential Tips For Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools.” MindShift. KQED, 18 September 2013. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.