Technology in schools has had an enormous impact on how students interact with course material. Teachers now have access to tools that can aid them in developing strategies to better student interaction and overall success in class. Here I will talk about some initiatives that are at the forefront of reform for high schools moving towards a more technologically centered workload.
Future Ready Schools is a robust effort to integrate technology in high schools. This movement strives to equip teachers and students with up-to-date technology to reach their classroom requirements better. Future Ready Schools (FRS) hold a yearly national summit to assess progress and implemented strategy. During this summit, FRS take part in conventions to plan out metrics and organize proper funding to equip their school with learning technology better. There are several goals in obtaining these learning technologies. FRS wants to better the high school classroom experience so students can retain lifelong information more effectively. FRS strives to prepare students for success in college, careers, and citizenship. For school districts interested in FRS, their website gives them an interactive self-assessment on where their school district is on implementing strategic FRS plans.
This public school model is blasting off as a progressive public school. Rocketship public schools have an integrated curriculum where students spend time in a lab and engage in testing on computers. During this time, teachers of the school participate in planning and strategy tailored to each student. Rocketship goes a bit further and includes substantial involvement with the parents of their students. The teachers will familiarize themselves with the student’s family to get a better grasp of how to more accurately adjust their teaching style. There are only a few Rocketship public schools in the United States today. The pioneer school is located in California and have expanded to Milwaukee, Washington D.C and Nashville.
The incorporation of technology into schools is inevitable. There is a mass overload of resources that anyone with a computer can access. It should be a primary objective for elementary schools and high schools alike to include technology into their curriculum. Everyone in the school can benefit from the advantages that technology has to offer to students and teachers. Utilize the technological tools correctly, and you will see a significant growth in students learning abilities and time management for faculty.