Teaching technology in PA schools
Original post made by Carol, Palo Verde, on Aug 30, 2006
PAUSD must get a technology curriculum and decide what each grade level should know and who is expected to teach what. At present, some elementary schools are doing a reasonably good job and improving, while others are still in cloud cuckoo land about the whole thing. When I see stuff written in PAUSD literature, it tells me about funding and equipment. I don't get much of that stuff. What I understand is what is my child going to learn this year, what is he/she expected to know already, and how can I help them.
Yes, this is silicon valley and as parents most of us are aware of what technology is and how it can help in today's world. But, our children still need to be taught IT skills and a standard should be agreed on. True, I do not want my third grader to have full access to the internet and to type before he can write cursive, but I do want my 6th grader to be at the same level as his new classmates from different schools and not to feel left out if he is unable to type his homework and do presentations. My daughter managed to teach herself a lot of this stuff and she is now in college, but as for my present 9th grader, what he knows is still a mystery to me and probably to him. I do not want my younger children to be in the same boat.
So wake up PAUSD and get an IT curriculum, schedule, and tell us what it is.