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Friday, July 27, 2018

Technology brings opportunity to learn, collaborate, communicate | mySA

While the presence of advanced technologies in the classroom can certainly make teaching easier on instructors, the central goal of school districts remains focused on making the learning experience for students more meaningful and impactful.


Jennifer Kimrey, writer and copyeditor specializing in features, marketing and corporate communications observes, "Advancements in technology have proven to be powerful tools in learning, giving teachers, students and parents new opportunities to learn, collaborate, communicate and save both time and money."

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As technology has become more accessible and intuitive, its availability in the classroom has increased throughout many Houston-area school districts.

"Over time, our school district has slowly shifted from a shared classroom laptop-cart model to a model where each student has access to his or her own technology and resources that can be used both in and outside the classroom and at any time," said Adrian Acosta, director of Instructional Technology at Houston Independent School District. "This allows for a more personalized learning experience that is customized based on a student's needs, abilities and interests. As a result, we now find that classrooms are no longer tied to a single operating system, device or resource — rather, schools now can provide a combination of devices and materials that promote student learning in any environment."

For example, Acosta said, in Houston ISD high schools, the district's PowerUp program ensures that every high school student has a Windows laptop with which they can access textbooks, digital tools and a wide range of quality online resources. In elementary and middle schools, schools commonly use some combination of Chromebooks, iPads and Windows devices — all of which are tailored to students' needs and a school's budget. For students at all levels, new instructional materials are purchased in a digital format so that students can engage with them using any device and at any time.

And while the presence of advanced technologies in the classroom can certainly make teaching easier on instructors, the central goal of school districts remains focused on making the learning experience for students more meaningful and impactful.
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