Teaching as a Profession

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Assume you are a teacher who would like to address a technology issue at your school. Many of the students' textbooks provide Web links for engaging enrichment activities. Each classroom has five computers, but there is only one computer connected to the Internet per room, and the computers are all at least five years old. Your peers, students, and their parents all support your desire to increase Internet access in the classroom for instructional purposes. What would you have to do to increase Internet access? List the steps you would have to take and/or who you would have to contact in order to have this change take place in the classrooms at your school. Be sure to address each level that would need to be involved within the administrative structure. Can someone help me with some ideas and solutions?

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    1. Begin with your Department Chair.
    2. Next, the administration. (Usually a vicepresident is in charge of several departments, before you can approach the principal)
    3. After that the District, the Superintendent, the Board.
    4. You will also want to enlist the support of the parents because they will attend the Board Meetings.

    Ulimately it is the school district that will determine whether or not there funds and if it is a priority.

    Sra

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    Make sure you DON'T structure your case so that it seems you're saying that without the Internet, your students won't learn anything. Technology and the Internet are good tools, but without good reading and thinking skills, the tools are almost worthless.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/04/education/04laptop.html?_r=1

    There are others like this, and you can find them via Google if you search. The point is, you don't want to "put all your eggs in one basket," so to speak. Make sure you include the idea that technology and Internet access is not the be-all and end-all for academic success.

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