ERIC Number: ED485271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Technology Use in Rural High Schools Improves Opportunities for Student Achievement
Southern Regional Education Board
Many rural high schools use technology to provide greater opportunities for students, but most rural high schools do not use technology to meet student and teacher needs nearly as often, or as effectively, as they could. A critical need exists for the development of state level policies and programs for all schools, especially targeted to rural areas. State policies should focus on three priorities: (1) developing leadership that promotes technology use; (2) providing funding for technology; and (3) providing support for the use of technology both for professional development instruction for teachers and for technical support. Technology today provides the backbone and the support system on which quality education programs increasingly reside. This trend will not reverse. Technology is now a permanent, integral component of our daily lives and part of our culture. As a result, students in public schools, and especially lower-income rural schools, need for their state to provide specific, ongoing funding for technology. It is only through sustainable state funding that equity in education can be achieved. Only when schools statewide understand both the expectations and the benefits can they focus their efforts toward effective and efficient use of technology to improve student learning.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, High Schools, Educational Policy, State Standards, Educational Technology, Rural Schools, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5776. Tel: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.