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What keeps your administrator up at night?
This past spring Tech & Learning had
the opportunity to host two Tech
Forums, which focus on cutting-edge
technology in schools and how schools
are making this happen despite tight
budgets. The first was our inaugural
Tech Forum Boston; the second was
our ninth annual Tech Forum Chicago.
A highlight of the event is the opportunity
to sit down with local superintendents
for a frank conversation
about their districts’ challenges and
solutions. Here are highlights of the
Chicago superintendents’ luncheon.
¦ Teachers don’t take risks.
¦ Implementing tech doesn’t always
receive the same care and training as
integrating more traditional resources.
¦ More schools have to model support
for teachers over time, not
just offer one-off training.
¦ There is a growing
interest in allowing students
to bring their own devices.
¦ Some schools have created
two networks as a way to protect the
school network from viruses, etc. that
may come in through these studentowned
devices. One network is made
public, and the other one is just for
¦ Go wireless for maximum access.
¦ Many administrators reported
that their teachers have embraced
¦ Some administrators believe that
it is important to emphasize inquirybased
learning. They wanted to see
more of a focus on teaching skills, not
just teaching the knowledge needed to
pass bubble-sheet tests.
For more Tech Forum videos,
podcasts, presentations, and tweets, visit http://www.techlearning.com/events/techforum/vault