Technology in education is my particular field of interest and experience. A very important element to student achievement right now could be the establishment of a hyperlink amongst technologies along with the student acquisition of know-how. This really is an area regularly overlooked by the additional regular superintendent. Access towards the most present and pertinent facts to explore a subject or solve a problem can only be achieved through ubiquitous access to high technology sources within the classroom. My view is that “information” has become the most important commodity in today’s planet economy, and consequently, adequate student preparation in details processing is essential. This implies moving away from purely textbook-based instructional methodology and greater reliance on principal sources and electronic sources of details. Folks, all through their schooling knowledge, should be systematically taught various procedures to receive, procedure, and make use of facts inside the achievement of academic targets.
Because the early 1980’s, I’ve achieved an outstanding record for bringing technologies towards the classroom. Most recently, I successfully secured enough competitive grant money to provide a laptop laptop to just about every student at Round Lake High School (two,200 students) which can be presently underway. This massive deployment included the creation of a new networking infrastructure, improved World wide web bandwidth, wireless access points in every single classroom, as well as a quantity of student security capabilities for instance desktop monitoring and Lojack anti-theft devices.
Gone will be the 60 lb bookbags, and every thing a student requires is resident on their PC’s difficult drive or downloaded from a network server. My emphasis on building IT system to support 1:1 computing within the classroom delivers the infrastructural underpinning to get a problem-based finding out curriculum to happen. I’ve been at the forefront of establishing a high-bandwidth infrastructure in my schools in an effort to meet the requirements of your digital learner previously frustrated by the analog globe with the classroom. My 21st century understanding philosophy guarantees that students have access to the technology sources where the real-time exchange of data with understanding partners around the world is achievable by way of such applications as video-conferencing, blogs, wikis, private studying networks, and more.
My several publications, speaking engagements, and teacher seminars within the technology and mastering fields clearly sets me aside from most my school administrator contemporaries. I’ve lately written an post for Scholastic Administrator magazine on 1:1 computing in middle schools and higher schools (scheduled for publication in March 2011), and I am at the moment functioning on a book on the subject.
James Tenbusch, Ph.D.
I have been an Illinois school district superintendent for 15 years, and I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Educational Processes from Northwestern University. All total, I have over 30 years of school administration knowledge in each general and particular education. I have distinguished myself in the places of technology in education along with the service of at-risk and specific needs students. I’m a robust advocate of a problem-based learning approach to the delivery of instructional solutions at all grade levels.