Monday, December 20, 2010

What Are the Tech Priorities at Your School or Campus?

What are the priorities for using technology in your school district or on your campus?

School districts surveyed by the Center for Digital Education during this past semester showed what they are doing to use technology in their district. Converge Magazine reported:

1. 69% are using technology to communicate more clearly how to participate in school board meetings.
2. 88% are offering classes online.
3. 69% are using video conferencing to take students on virtual fieldtrips.
4. 75% are offering a course that lets students research and learn more about technology careers.
5. 63% are making progress on strategic planning for technology.

All of the technology priorities mentioned above are contributing to greater success in education. At TestOut, we also feel that technology instruction itself is a great contributor to educational success. As more students are working hands-on with computers, gaining experience with operating systems, and training with virtual hardware and software, they are transforming into more engaged learners that are well-prepared to enter the workforce or continue their technology education and succeed.

Brian Hartpence, instructor at Polk State College in Winterhaven, Florida, shared with TestOut his experience finding LabSim, putting it to use in online education, and seeing how it helped both the students and the faculty. Hartpence said:
At Polk State College, the aim of the NET (Network Engineering Technology) program is to train students with a focus on real-world, on-the-job experience. We have always given our students as much of that experience as possible from an in-person, classroom/lab setting. We are now taking that same level of training online. In doing this, we needed to create a live experience that the students could use that would represent a real-world situation, with equipment and situations and simulations. The solution that we found was LabSim. When we first looked at LabSim, the idea was to give the students the equipment they could use to do labs in a remote setting. What we found was much better; we found that LabSim opened the doors to more recourses, not only for our students but for our faculty as well. Instructors can now look at reports of quizzes and lab completions to see where they need to follow up. The student can now get to the equipment to complete labs, watch demonstrational videos, and get supplemental lectures on how to set up and troubleshoot equipment. They can also complete quizzes and watch lectures when they are at their peak, even if it's at 2 a.m. LabSim, along with our online CMS system, now gives very near the same training experience online that we provide in the classroom.
Offering classes online was a major step Polk State College took to utilize technology for the benefit of students; using LabSim in those online classes enlarged that step even more by providing deeper resources for learning and practice.

How have your students benefited from the learning and practice resources available in LabSim?

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