BATs, in the narrative below, speak out about the use of technology in Public Education.
BATs Leadership Notes on USDOE National Technology Plan
1. NETP recommends personal digital pathways for students with an emphasis of online resources and virtual learning activities.
BATs believe authentic learning includes balance. Virtual experiences cannot effectively replace teacher-led instruction, face to face peer collaboration, and hands-on learning activities.
2. NETP asserts technology is the solution to inequities and will improve student mindset.
BATs believe ample research-based studies indicating that too much screen time is detrimental to a student's emotional well-being.
BATs believe schools are not funded adequately now, particularly those with high poverty levels. More technology will cost additional money for schools that are already resource poor.
3. NETPs states technology will close achievement gaps.
BATs believe current statistics indicating a lack of student success, decreased achievement, and lower graduation rates reported by virtual schools and online learning academies.
4. NETP asserts that libraries, textbooks,and traditional resources will become obsolete due to the availability of open online courses and digital content.
BATs believe the dismal results of institutions that have utilized unreliable online open resources vs utilizing certified educators and their ability to select age-appropriate, effective, and engaging resources and content.
BATs believe access to school libraries are essential to student success, along with providing students with print books instead of the limitation of eBooks that depend on unreliable technologies.
5. NETP advocates national technology standards and digital badges in order to track, document, and house via cloud student progress for teachers, students, families, and potential employers to access.
BATs support family involvement and transparency but do not support an involuntary digital footprint that may misrepresent a child's potential to achieve and succeed.