Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroom

By Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary Herald

Canadian schools are grappling with how best to use technology in the classroom. The results in Alberta, so far, are mixed. One recent study of technology in Alberta high schools found some encouraging examples of really creative and engaging use. But in many other cases, researchers learned, using technology didn’t move much beyond looking things up on the Internet. Researchers also found examples of teachers and students being restricted by school-imposed firewalls or bandwidth limitations. Another project, an Alberta Education initiative called Speak Out, which asks students to share their thoughts on education, found some surprising attitudes. Students may be plugged into their smartphones and tablets, but when they really drill down into what is important to them in the classroom, a lot of things rank well above technology.

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