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Schools and Technology: Questions to Ask

Students need to be adept with technology in order to succeed in the 21st century, but how do schools judge which technology initiatives are appropriate for students and worth the investment?

WNYC came up with a list of questions for parents to ask about technology use in their children’s schools — and the questions are equally useful for educators. For example,

‘We’re raising money so we can put a tablet in the hands of every kid.’

Think about asking questions like…

  • What training and development resources are you providing to teachers so they can use the devices effectively?
  • Where are you getting the curriculum?
  • What do we know about how successful this curriculum has been in the past?
  • Who’s reading the privacy policies on the apps my kids will be using?
  • What percentage of the money you’re raising will go toward evaluating the outcomes of the new systems?

Read the entire article and list of questions here.

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