Harnessing technology’s full potential

Ben Rimes, author of the Tech Savvy Educator blog, laments that, “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” in technology education in a recent post. Despite the far-reaching possibilities of technology tools, too often they are simply used as electronic typewriters and portable televisions, says Rimes.

Project RED’s research supports Rimes’ assertion. Effective technology implementation is complex, with many interrelated factors playing a part. Our research identified 9 Key Implementation Factors (KIFs) that are linked most strongly to successful use of technology in the classroom.  These KIFs include change management leadership by the principal, use of daily technology for online collaboration, and weekly online formative assessments.

Does your district employ all 9 KIFs? Have you reached beyond the “electronic typewriter” phase that frustrates Rimes? Are you harnessing the full benefits that technology offers? If so, please share your experiences here or in the Project RED Forum.

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