Dreaming of Data: Why K-12 Needs More Analytics
Summary: This article on SmartBrief written by Ricky Ribeiro discusses the idea of analyzing students in order to make proper decisions and help the students to succeed. All over our nation we take in information and use it to make better decisions on what to do next. So what Mr. Ribeiro is wondering is why we don’t use this concept when trying to help schools. If we did the schools would be able to keep record of every student including their strengths and weaknesses and past history. It would be a way to have insight into each student in the class in order to help a teacher to understand how to help them. This would also be beneficial to principals because they would be able to analyze what they need to work on in order to have a more successful school. Andrew Schwab, an IT manager in a school district, moved from one job to another leaving him in the California school district he is in now. His first job he was able to see this analytical process and understands the benefit of doing this. He then realizes how much it would help his school district and many other school districts that are suffering. The main problem with the idea of annalists is that schools just don’t have them, but that isn’t a reason this process can’t work. A school district in Oregon is making it happen without a team of workers. To make this happen the teachers had to do a lot of extra work to write up their own analysis of each student. They found this to be very beneficial and will continue to do this to provide the best education for their students.
Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?
A1: I agree completely with this article. I believe that each student is different and everyone needs to be addressed differently. This would give teachers a head start to understanding what each student needed and how they learned. This could solve many problems we have in schools because so many students learn differently and teachers must spend a large time of the year to understand how each one learns.
Q2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?
A2: This will help students learning greatly. Teachers would be able to understand how to teach each student before classes, and could make sure to incorporate that learning style into each lesson.
10 Essential Tips for Meeting Tech Needs of Low-Income Schools
Summary: This article on SmartBreif by Katrina Schwartz is all about explaining how to maintain technology in a low-income school. She breaks down 10 different categories to help a teacher or principal understand what to do when trying to bring in technology. She explains that technology is good, but there are also things that one must lookout for when deciding what to do. Her ten topics are all very important and will be valuable for every teacher to understand. Her first tip is “Keep Goals and Mission in Mind”, where she talks of staying try to your school and not just letting technology take over the mission of the school. She talks about how “technology should compliment not replace”, Involving Families, “Don’t Let Trends Dictate Decisions”, and “Support Teachers” as other topics too. She brings up to “use tech to free up teacher time” which talks of how teachers can use technology to let the students further their understanding on a topic and have time to do some work of their own; however, they must remember that a computer is not a teacher. Other topics include “Track Data”, “Understand Start-Up World”, and “Build Relationships with Vendors”. Another key tip she talks of is “Expect Excellence, Not Achievement”. This talks of how a student will not believe they can really do everything if they are in a low-income school without the technology of a private school; however, if the school believes that they are capable of excellence, they will accomplish much more. She really just wants to get across with this article that we need to look not at what we don’t have but what we can do with what we do have. We need to find out what are needs really are through the school and then find a way to provide the necessary technology without getting caught up in the latest trends.
Q1. What is your opinion of this article? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
A1. I completely agree with this article because technology is a very important part of school, but it is difficult for some low-income schools to find the importances out of using it. Students today are being thrown into a very tech savvy world, and it is important that schools are helping their students explore that world and begin to understand it before they are thrown into it. To do this the low-income schools need to understand that the latest technology isn’t as important to spend money on then it is to just educate them in more ways with a cheaper computer.
Q2. How will this help the students?
A2. This adding of smart technology to low-income schools will allow these students to expand what they are learning even farther than the classroom. They will be able to explore new things through computers and further their understanding of certain topics using their devices. It will also be a way that teachers can watch their students use the information they teach in a way they haven’t been able to before and will help them to evaluate their learning to help them to overcome any obstacle that may occur.