In the birthplace of Silicon Valley, what level of technology education do we expect in our public schools?
Is your child currently benefiting from the level of technology education described below? Is this too little, too much, or just enough:
"Technology will be incorporated in all aspects of the program beginning in kindergarten. Besides the low tech audio/video (audio tapes, CDs, videotapes, DVDs), overhead projector activities, students will be introduced to computers, peripherals, and video production. In individual, paired, and small groups, students will learn the basic fundamentals of word processing for simple activities. They will then learn how to develop more sophisticated documents using graphics, charts tables, and other visuals to enhance their work. Students in GRADE 2 will begin to learn how to use PowerPoint to present information to the class and by GRADE 5 students will learn the majority of the applications contained in the Microsoft Office Suite. In communication, students will learn to use email for sending and receiving information and use the Internet for research projects. The use of IPods, language-learning software and electronic writing tablets will also be examined. Students at the middle and high school levels will have a similar learning experience in technology and will also be trained to use technology."
Yearly Equipment Investment:
New computers: 1 per 4 students
Writing Tablets: 1 per 2 students
IPods: 1 per student
Learning Software and Subscriptions
Digital Cameras: 1 per classroom
Targeted grant funding is already being processed to bring this to HALF of ONE single elementary school and to ONE high school elective. No plans exist to bring the remainder of that school, nor the rest of the district, up to an equivalent technology level.
Any concerns about this or does this seem A-OK with everyone?