Posted by Educating-With-Technology-Where-Teachers-Fail, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 11, 2012 at 7:31 am
Congratulations to Robert Pronovost for his good work and award.
Unfortunately, this article doesn’t do justice to a topic like this. For instance, who (or what) is the International Society for Technology in Education?
Here’s a link to their web-site:
ISTE members include individuals, affiliate organizations, and corporations:
• 18,500 individual members from more than 80 countries worldwide
• 80 affiliate organizations
• 6 affiliate regions worldwide
• 60 corporations worldwide
Given that there are upwards of 3M K-12 teachers in the US alone, this organization may not be very significant in the world of educational technology.
What’s also missing in this article is how this fellow came to the attention of the organization, so that he could be considered for this award. Did he apply for it, or someone else submit his name/school for consideration?
There is no mention of the measurable effects of this technology on his students’ performance. Certainly Mr. Pronovost would have test data to offer in order to justify his work, and his award.
Ravenswood has a published technology plan:
It would be interesting to see how Mr. Pronovost’s efforts aligned with the published goals of the District.
Lastly, the question needs to be asked: If Mr. Pronovost can do this, why can’t all the teachers in the Ravenswood District do the same?