Teaching Now! 102 - Watch in Real Player
We visit Schaumburg School District #54 in Illinois where state test scores have increased through the use of technology and inclusion as well as through strong leadership and professional development strategies. We also see how technology has allowed one special needs student access core curriculum.
Introduction - Watch
Teaching NOW! looks at how colleges of education are preparing tomorrow's teachers to use technology. We also visit K-12 schools where technology integration is changing traditional classroom activities.
Priority Technology - Watch
We visit Schaumburg School District #54 in Illinois to see how they developed a district wide technology plan through strong administrative leadership and modeling, and high quality incentive-based professional development for teachers. We see how teachers use technology such as alpha smarts and Kurzweil to meet the needs of struggling students and to individualize lesson plans.
Panel Discussion of Priority Technology - Watch
Our panel of experts discuss the strong leadership of the superintendent, the differentiated incentives for professional development, and the amount of technology support that are in place in this school district. The panel also emphasizes the importance of gearing professional development to meeting student needs.
Priority Inclusion - Watch
We see how this school district designed their technology plan with all students in mind and so that all student learning would improve using technology and inclusive environments. We also meet one special needs student who serves as a technology mentor for his school.
Panel Discussion of Priority Inclusion - Watch
Our panel of experts discuss how the use of technology such as alpha smarts can help special needs students achieve and gain self confidence. The panel also emphasizes that the third grade is a pivotal time to identify and help struggling readers and writers.