Updated 03/25/2011 05:00 AM
State of Education: Technology Awareness Day
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It covers 12 counties, seven BOCES and 137 school districts. It's the annual Technology Awareness Day.
"Budgets are going to be constrained and we understand that. There are a lot of efficiencies that technology can bring through, so it's much about the efficiencies as it is about creating the world of school that can be extended to the home," said Carl Strang, BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Technology.
Which is pretty much the theme here today here in Albany. Students should continue to understand technology beyond the typical school day.
"Students, teachers need to live, grow and work everywhere we are and so we creating a presence for them to be able to do it," Strang said.
Technology does indeed seem to be everywhere. Even school nutrition has a place here. Among some vendors is the E-school data system, which tracks students grades, attendance and assessment scores, specifically for New York State.
"Because there's a lot of reporting with Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind and all those initiatives, to track the performance of children to specifically map to get information so it can be compared against other districts and diagnostics to find out what has to happen," said E-School Data Sales Manager Doc Watson.
Then there's the Cisco system, which helps prepare students for the networking industry, which seems to have a solid future.
"There's very few activities we participate in as consumers that doesn't involve the network," said Bernadette O'Brien, Cisco Network Academy Coordinator.
School administrators and educators can not only demo their own technological product, they can also learn new ideas from each other, which is another example of technology connecting together.
"One of the best parts is many of the sessions are run by educators for educators, so they're seeing real world applications of some of the technologies rather than just thinking it might be a good idea, they're actually getting to see it in use," Watson said.
Despite all this, students nationwide are still falling behind in math and science, so there's still more to be done.
"Tying students into the world of study beyond the scope of the school day and helping them understand what these jobs really are and what these careers are all about is an important part of how we can help these students grow and bring on the next generation," Strang said.