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Technology’s role in education during a downward economy

March 22, 2009

Schools have been affected by the downward spiral of the economy. Salaries have been frozen in some districts along with hiring, and purchases. American schools cannot afford to dump the technology budget during these hard times. School districts need to get smarter about their technology spending. In this podcast I discuss the role of open source applications, edubuntu, and dropbox. There are SO many tools out there ready to be used by school technology departments, but it may require them to step out of the box and rethink some things. Virtual classrooms may become part of K-12 future. Missouri is already experimenting with online classrooms with MOVIP Below are a couple videos that offer an interesting perspective on the role of technology in schools.

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  1. Jake permalink
    March 22, 2009 10:27 pm

    I agree, Linux could play a great role within schools. In its current state, it’s a little harder to use than Windows when something goes wrong and as you mentioned in the podcast, there is no one to call for support. However, when you consider the amount of kids that know how to use a computer better than their parents, it’s easy to see we could form a high school age IT group to support these computers. What kid wouldn’t want to get relevant IT experience before they even hit college? It’s this kind of innovative thinking that will bring our schools into the 21st century.

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