Education Week: New Technology Could Offer Savings, Educational Boon


New Technology Could Offer Savings, Educational Boon

By Ian QuillenPremium article access courtesy of Edweek.org.

The recessionary pressures that have forced school leaders to make painful program and personnel cuts may also have accelerated the quest for savings through innovation—and enhanced the allure of educational technology as a vehicle.Online curricula, distance learning, netbooks and cellphones in the classroom, and Web 2.0 tools—think Facebook and Skype—as a means of student collaboration have all gained luster as the drive to do more with less overlaps with the demands of educating a generation of digital natives.Still unclear, though, is just how significant such innovations are likely to prove as a cost-cutting strategy, whatever their educational value.It’s a front-and-center issue for administrators involved in educational technology, so much so that the theme of this spring’s Consortium for School Networking conference—hosted by the Washington-based advocates for the nation’s precollegiate and postsecondary chief technology officers—is how to use the financial climate to their advantage.

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