Weapons of Mass Instruction
Technology Policy Brief by Stephanie Cherney
US Congress in 1988 issued Power On!
TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS - INTENT TO INCREASE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY
TEXAS CLAIMS TO GIVE DECISION-MAKING POWER TO LOCAL DISTRICTS IN REGARDS TO INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS.
WHY AREN'T WE SPENDING THE MONEY TO INCREASE CLASSROOM EFFICIENCY?
TECHNOLOGY CAN EQUIP STUDENTS AND CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
* One to One access to students in all Texas Public Schools by shifting to digital textbooks and instructional materials. Low income students are less likely to have these opportunities at home.
* Texas teachers are trained using a blended model of learning where teachers are using technology to differentiate, give feedback, and allow students to use inquiry based methods to learn content.
* Technology is written into the core Texas TEKS curricula (Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies) as a tool to engage students by creating digital products to be carried through their school years like a cumulative file.
* Texas Students may submit digital products that synthesize the core TEKS to the state in lieu of the STAAR Assessment.
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