Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Great Technology Divide

I recently transferred schools, by choice, to another school in the same county. Physical plant aside, I did expect differences. However, I did not expect to see the EXTENT of those differences.

For example:
  • Former school, at least three printers for each of three grade level teams
  • Current school, one printer for the entire school
Did I mention that these schools are in the same county?
  • Former school was wireless
  • Current school is not
  • Former school had an LCD for each classroom and has for at least two years
  • Current school is just now getting them.
  • Former school, document cameras in almost every room
  • Current school, have not seen one yet
These are only a few issues in ONE system. And we have the nerve to talk about a level playing field. Level for whom? Quality of access to education and technology seems to still be linked to a person's home address! Wow...look how far we have NOT come

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