Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020

 The Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020
Educator Preparation and Development

Educator Preparation and Development according to the Texas Long Range Plan requires that, all educators:
·         graduate from and educator preparation program that models current technology in instructional and administrative practices PreK-12.
·         Exit educator preparation programs knowing how to use technology effectively in the teaching and learning process.
·         Develop new learning environments that utilize technology as a flexible tool where learning is collaborative, interactive and customized.
·         Ensure integration of appropriate technology throughout all of curriculum and instruction.

The progress of our campus is at the Developing Technology stage according to the Texas Star Chart, and has meandered there for the past three school years.  This seems to be a trend statewide according to the Texas Star Chart Statewide Summary Data Sheet. The trend for our campus seems to be heading in the right direction as we went from a total point value of 11 in the 2009-10 school year, to a 13 point total value in the 2010-11 school year. If we as a district and campus continue to strive for excellence in technology and are supported with ongoing professional development in this area, I strongly believe that we will achieve an Advanced Technology rating in the 2011-12 school year.
To reach the goal of the Texas Long Range Plan by 2020 schools need to “ensure that all educators understand the importance of learning about educational technology and the possibilities of its use”  (Texas Education Agency, 2006). They also “must be given the knowledge, skills and tools they need, [in addition to the professional development]… to teach teachers how to transform their teaching and learning, to renew and invigorate their passion for teaching, to acquire the new pedagogical and technology skills they must have, and understand how to successfully integrate technology into instruction, across the curriculum, at all grade levels” (pg. 24).
If all this can be implemented and accomplished, then our students will be prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century and an ever changing job market.

Works Cited

Texas Education Agency. (2006, November). Long-Range PLan for Technology 2006-2020. Retrieved Janurary 22, 2012, from www.tea.state.tx.us: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/lrpt/lrpt_lrpt.html

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