ERIC Number: ED423318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Middle Start Technology Facts.
Equity is an important part of technology education. Without adequate equipment and training, schools shortchange students and limit their ability to compete with their more fortunate peers. This is especially important at the middle school level because computer assisted instruction not only taps into adolescents' natural curiosity, but also can expand their thinking. Milwood Middle School, Kalamazoo (Michigan) is an example of an urban school that has added cutting edge technology and better-trained teachers to boost students' achievement. Milwood has a computerized grading system and a technology-based curriculum to track each student's progress in the basic skills, so that teachers can send weekly reports home to parents. The school paid for its technology program through grants. The differences in technology applications in the schools usually comes down to school finances. The city and suburbs of Grand Rapids (Michigan) illustrate the contrast between wealthier suburban districts where technology resources abound, and poorer urban districts that may have trouble even upgrading their wiring. Because voters are less likely to approve funding projects that don't benefit their own children, it is necessary for school districts to share technology resources and cooperate on plans that will benefit the entire community. Some suggestions are offered for the implementation of educational technology. These center on involving a broad range of stakeholders in decision-making and frequent evaluation of implementation progress and planning. (Contains several useful resources for technological advancement.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Equal Education, Financial Support, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Shared Resources and Services, Technological Advancement, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.