MU News Bureau | MU News Bureau. Link to the full story about the importance of early childhood education programs for establishing a foundation for educational success. Preschools are an important part of every child’s development.
By tradition, September marks the commencement of a new academic year. The beginning of a new school year is often wrought with emotion, and brings a variety of expectations on the part of parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff. This year have INSPIRATION be a key dynamic in motivating all stake-holders to achieve a fulfilling experience in 2011-2012. Attached is a partial list of selected educational events scheduled in California from September through November 2011 which you may find to be interesting and stimulating.
Best wishes for a rewarding year!
An article entitled ‘Technology in Education’ appeared in today’s NY Times [ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/technology/technology-in-schools-faces-questions-on-value.html ]. A central theme of the article questioned the high-cost of technology versus the measurable achievements of the schools/students based on standardized test scores. Two key phrases in the article stood out – one, that more technology means less teachers, and two, that teachers become guides rather than lecturers. Technology is not a panacea. Technology is a tool that can enhance and enrich the learning environment and process. It is imperative that the teachers in technology-based learning environments be trained in the use of that technology and know how to implement it effectively in the classroom; this includes training/teaching the students on the specifics of the tools and programs to be used in the classroom, as well as continual teacher guidance, supervision and monitoring of the students. The teacher should not become ONLY a guide, but ALSO a guide. The computers and smart boards are NOT replacements for the teachers but rather become the teachers’ assistants/aides.