What technology tools would populate your ultimate school? Which of these tools would have the most positive impact on learning? T.H.E. Journal asked this question in the poll for their March issue. The results are very interesting. Here are a few highlights, but do check out the full results.
1. Digital media tools, including video and audio, scored the second highest for impact among students surveys in grades 6-8 (50%) and 9-12 (53%). Teachers, parents, and administrators (25%, 15%, and 34% respectively), felt differently. If students feel these tools are so valuable, why don’t educators and parents?
2. Students in Grades K-2 and 3-5 picked games/virtual simulations and one laptop for each student as being the most potentially impactful.
3. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 picked one laptop for each student and digital media tools (video and audio) as being the most potentially impactful.
4. Teachers chose one laptop for each student, and agreed with administrators choosing communications tools (IM/texting) and school portals (tied in 2nd place for teachers, and 1st and second place for admins), while parents chose communications tools and videoconferencing.
What is the reason for these differences in the “dream classroom” scenario? Should educators be listening more to what students think in these situations? Can what the students think is important and what the teachers think is important work together?