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Between Tech Reporting and Reality

0 It is difficult for me, these days, to talk tech products without thinking about the scary reality of job uncertainty for teachers. Educators always take the hit—it seems—I’ve never liked it, and never will. Letting teachers go makes bean counting easy, but educationally, it will impact more than today’s financial bottom line—the debt for this will be collected in something far more valuable.

Seniority shouldn’t be the only criteria for keeping, or releasing teachers. The best educators need to stay, regardless of time on the job. Teacher evaluations and observations that are non-specific, or glowing, and not constructive, aren’t helpful. That said, the reporting on education tech and software cannot stop. Falling backwards isn’t an option. Technology spending will be closely scrutinized, and weighed against other district needs and purchases. Good tech products and content will be more in demand, especially those that make individualized learning interactive. And, pricing for those options will have to be better.

My daughter, a third grade teacher in Arizona, told me that she was either standing in line for a document camera, or keeping broken ones together with duct tape. Her husband, an assistant principal, wanted more technology—specifically the kind that gets into the hands of students. And in talking with a superintendent and consultant, I learned that purchasing school tech—even in this crazy budgetary climate—is going to happen—and that the funds would continue to be there.

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