Charters in Greensboro are engaging students with 21st century technology
Charter schools in Greensboro are preparing students for the wave of 21st century technology by enhancing their classroom experience. Teachers, staff and administrators are using technology for professional development using webinars, online tutorials and data entry software programs that assist teachers with more accurate student learning evaluations. They are entering classrooms where learning comes to life.
Guilford Preparatory Academy has the following marquis message on their website which reads: “Preparing 21st Century Thinkers and Problem Solvers”. With a technology planning team of five, Guilford has developed a Technology Plan for 2012-2014 school years.
According to this plan, Guilford will upgrade their equipment, develop a data evaluation system for students and staff, create a technology policy and create staff development opportunities for their entire school.
Guilford will use digital textbooks, NCiCloud for data storage and interdepartmental communication; computer programs that encourage individualized learning opportunities and improve parent communications with the school and teachers.
Greensboro Preparatory Academy on the other hand insists that technology must be integrated with a well-developed plan and must be implemented by a teacher that has been trained to use the technology. It’s not about the quantity but the quality use of technology in the classroom. Greensboro parents will also be able to see their child’s progress in real-time and address their concerns immediately.
Triad Math and Science Charter uses SimCity online computer game to introduce its middle school students to city management. The projects are then entered in regional and state competitions.
Charter schools across the nation, have the freedom to cultivate innovation through the use of technology. Many charter schools receive funding specifically to expand their use of technology. The Explore Knowledge Academy Charter School will open this school year as the first “iSchool” in Las Vegas Nevada. The charter school’s foundation paid for a $1 million technology upgrade. This upgrade will include new Apple iPads for every student and teacher and the classrooms will have iMac computers and MacBook laptops.
There are many ways to use technology in our schools today. Japan and South Korea are using robot teachers in the classroom. NC First Robotics programs are blossoming statewide and locally. The program has pushed technology into the hands of teachers, parents and students in charter schools and traditional public schools.
No matter what the cost to bring technology into the classroom, schools are creating the partnerships to ensure that their students are exposed to the visual and hands-on experience technology offers.
Truly the goal is the same for all students, educators and parents. Children must be prepared to succeed in this global competitive 21st Century world. Technology brings a wealth of new opportunities for the exploration journey.
Guilford charters will not be left behind but are at the forefront of increasing knowledge through technology. We only hope that electricity can sustain it.