PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning
, is focused on helping students to maximize their learning and get the most out of their education. The introduction of the Common Core State Standards is one way that educators across the country are trying to do the same. The standards were carefully crafted to help ensure that all students are learning the same core concepts and skills and are better prepared for college and careers in the 21st century. However, a recent article
in Information Week explains how many schools are trying to implement the standards but lack the necessary technology to effectively carry them out.
Many of the standards place an emphasis on the use of technology, but not all schools have access to the devices or systems necessary. Skills such as keyboarding, Internet research, and the electronic publishing of work are all outlined in the standards. In order to make these things possible, schools must have the hardware, software, and services required and enough machines for students to use. Not only is more of their work based on using technology, standardized testing is becoming computer-based as well.
Robert Kravitz, superintendent of schools in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, found that he had some major changes to make in order to help schools effectively implement the standards. Through restructuring the budget and relying on private donations, he was able to hire an in-house IT department, replace outdated connection lines, update servers and switches, and redesign the wireless infrastructure. After he had established the framework, then he went on to purchase MacBook Air laptops that would allow students and teachers to access the necessary resources. Other school districts are faced with having to make similar changes in order to meet the new standards.
As more testing and assessments also become computer-based, it is essential to make sure that teachers and students have the required skills to take them. While students are often tech-savvy when it comes to playing games and texting, the article notes, "many don't know how to type with more than two fingers or to conduct basic operations in word processing and spreadsheet programs." Some schools are going back to teaching the basics of keyboarding and standard program use. Keeping teachers educated about how to effectively use technology is important as well.
Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning, reacts to these findings saying, "This has really shown us the crux of the issue. eLearning is already an aged technology, perhaps even a 'NON-solution.' Sure, it has provided about as much promise as educational movies, educational videos, etc., but eLearning has failed to deliver on information technology's over-hyped promises. This information shows us how the new standards are not able to catch students and teachers up to even the newest technological capabilities for eLearning."
Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning, strives to enhance the effective use of technology for all learners.
Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning
, has an extensive background in education and technology. He is in the process of developing Helping All Learn (HAL), a company that will combine elearning with educating the entire child. He holds a master of science in telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh; a master of arts from the St. John of Damascus School of Theology at the University of Balamand in Lebanon; an associate degree in applied science from L'Institut Bethel, Quebec; a bachelor of science in business administration from Westmoreland County Community College; and a bachelor of arts in French from Geneva College. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching.