Tech Traps 2.0

 A decade ago,most of us wondered how this new Internet phenomenon would fit in with classroom instruction. Those days seem positively ancient when you consider what’s now occurring in schools.

Everyone is wired, and many schools are moving to wireless networks. Computers, white boards, laptops, handheld devices, and other hardware and software are common elements in our schools.

In our zeal—or, in some cases, reluctance—to embrace technology in classrooms and schools, districts have made some mistakes. Perhaps you didn’t spend enough on teacher training. Or you spent too much on a software program that never worked right. Maybe you installed too many different types of computers and other technology that weren’t compatible.

Today, technology permeates schools and instruction, but there are still lessons to be learned and cautionary flags to be raised. In this issue, we take a look at MySpace and other social networking sites, student laptops, and portable electronic devices. We also asked members of the ASBJ Reader Panel and the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network to tell us about their hardlearned lessons.

Reader Panel member Heather Jones of New Jersey compared technology mistakes to three of the Seven Deadly Sins.

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