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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Where should state invest their education budget: teachers or technology?

Where should state invest their education budget: teachers or technology?

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Because of the funding shortfalls, many states will be making difficult decisions concerning where to best invest in education: teachers or technology. Read my blog, comment on it and share it with others. http://jjsquared640.blogspot.com/2014/07/where-should-states-invest-thei...

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator 2014

Hi Jill! I think it's a bit of a false choice- the right technology can really magnify the power of a good teacher and a good teacher makes the right technology that much more powerful. What do you think?

Jill Jenkins's picture
Jill Jenkins
A retired teacher who likes to share her insight.

Technology is a tool, but like a hammer in the wrong hands, it does not make a better carpenter. It can enhance communication between schools, parents and students and it can help reach visual learners, but good teachers do so much more than that. Good teachers inspire students to learn, motivate those who can not be motivators, serve as cheer leaders for students who accomplish and pick those who fail up, show them how to succeed and encourage them. Technology can not do that.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator 2014

True! But what about the teacher's responsibility to use the tools that students need to know how to use? Without the tech, they can't model good tech usage. If I don't have any hammers, I can't learn to be a carpenter- or improve my skills at driving nails.

Jill Jenkins's picture
Jill Jenkins
A retired teacher who likes to share her insight.

I retired in June after a teaching career of 39.5 years . Teaching Language Arts, Reafing, Computers, Study Skills, Alternative Education, Debate, Speech and Drama. I decided to write a blog to share my insight with other teachers. If you do no wish to read that blog that is your choice. If you do not agree with my observations that is your choice, but my blog is more than just a link. It is my thoughts.

Jill Jenkins's picture
Jill Jenkins
A retired teacher who likes to share her insight.

As far as this entry, in Utah I had not had a raise in 15 years. Instead my salary and other teachers were cut and then frozen. Even teachers who earned advanced degrees where not compensated. In my school, we had five computer labs, four portable computer labs and an I-Pad lab. Every teacher had three lap tops for students in their classroom and both a teacher I-Pad, a teacher laptop, I-TV, a document camera and a sound enhancement system. The schools are packed with security cameras including in the classrooms. We had a T1 Line and every student was allowed to use their smart phones and tablets in class. Most of the students could hack the grading program. Still the legislature were discussing spending their entire budget on technology rather than teachers' salaries. While Utah who is .51 on its per student spending, even below Puerto Rico, again over looks the importance of the teacher.

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