Slice of Life Challenge, Day 6
I can't help it. This Slice of Life writing logo has me thinking about orange juice.
|Doesn't look appealing, does it? Unless it's in a Martha Stewart recipe.
And sometimes not.
I hear frustration from educators who have been handed fantastic opportunties - a class set of iPads, new 1 to 1 initiatives, Chromebooks for every students - but unless districts first invest in the infrastructure and professional development, this is wasted money. A lot of wasted money. What good is a building full of Chromebooks if your bandwidth can't support more than a fifty students utilizing online tools at a time? Before spending money on the newest hardware and software, schools need to be building an infrastructure that will support their future goals.
|Photo by Kevin Jarrett
We need to stop spending our money on the newest, flashiest, fastest devices because unless we've built up the support for these devices, they are simply window dressing. When you pay for the devices to fill a school without first building the bandwidth to support a building filled with devices, you are not getting what you paid for. Just like many of use Understanding by Design to craft our teaching lessons beginning with our end in mind, we need our districts to do the same. Start with the end in mind. If you want more students utilizing online tools, you need to spend your money on supporting the infrastructure first.