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Expanding Digital Opportunity in New York City Public Schools: Profiles of Innovators and Leaders Who Make a Difference Select Committee on Technology in Government of the New York City Council

Expanding Digital Opportunity in New York City Public Schools: Profiles of Innovators and Leaders Who Make a Difference

Select Committee on Technology in Government of the New York City Council

Published June 2004
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Executive Summary“The students in the New York City public schools are at a disadvantage because the New Yo k City Department of Education does not have a vision or a strategy for using technology to improve the academic performance of its students.MoreExecutive Summary“The students in the New York City public schools are at a disadvantage because the New Yo k City Department of Education does not have a vision or a strategy for using technology to improve the academic performance of its students. As a result, it is a hodge-podge in the schools regarding available software programs and computers. There are schools that are wireless or outfitted with laptops, but it is better when students, teachers and parents use technology creatively topositively impact teaching and learning. I think as more schools begin to expand their usage and understanding of technology, the caliber of teaching and learning will rise.”- Council Member Gale A. BrewerIn a world moving at a dizzying rate of economic, technological, informational, demographic and political change, our children need to be equipped with the lifelong learning skills to achieve economic stability and success. For most children, the public education system is where they gain – or fail to gain - these lifelong learning skills. The Committee on Technology in Government strongly believes that creative, strategic use of technology must be a key component for ensuring that the children in the New York City public schools will be ready to grasp the economic and social opportunities in their future.In order for the potential of technology to be realized in the New York City public school system, a vision for how technology will help our teachers teach and our children learn must be defined. Without this vision, the benefits of technology will continue to be allocated unequally. A strong vision for using technology for teaching and learning will inform the development of a strategy to make technology work for our children. This strategy must be developed now.The first part of the report, Part I: The Report, lays out 10 principles for developing a strategy to help teachers teach and to help students learn using technology. The principles are:1. Judge technology strategies by their contribution to teaching and learning2. Ensure that all students have continuous access to technology – at school, after school and at home3. “Wire” all schools with broadband connectivity to support digital content4 Personal communication between Bruce Lai and Council Member Gale Brewer on April 1, 2004.3