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National Journal's TechDaily
Monday, January 10, 2000 PM Edition
More Tech Savvy Teachers Needed, CEOs Say
Now that most schools are stocked with computers and are wired to the
Internet, the Education Department and the CEO Forum on Education and
Technology turned their attention Monday toward training teachers to use the
The CEO Forum issued a self-assessment tool for teacher colleges and
universities so they can see how well they are preparing future teachers to
use technology in the classroom.
"This is the one area, if I had to single one out, where we need to do a
better job of preparing teachers," Education Secretary Richard Riley said
Only 24 percent of new teachers feel "very well prepared" to use technology
in curriculum, according to a 1999 Education Department report.
Anne Bryant, executive director of the National School Boards Association
and past co-chair of the CEO Forum, urged states and school districts to
make technology proficiency a requirement for new hires.
"We in school districts cannot afford to hire teachers with a blank computer
screen," she said.
The assessment ‹ called the School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart
is designed to help teacher colleges assess how they use technology within
their own programs and how they teach future educators to use the technology
in the classroom.
The CEO Forum recommends that states use the self-assessments as a criterion
for funding and that states incorporate technology proficiency in teacher
certification programs. The group also recommends that corporations should
focus more on training and professional development.
While the forum recommends that colleges complete the assessment within the
next six months, Bryant said it should be done by the end of the school year
"We don't have time to wait," she said.
Ken Kay, executive director of the forum, said the marketplace would reward
schools that follow the assessments with action.
"The marketplace will begin to take care of it," he said. "Prospective
students will take note of it," and choose schools with strong technology
The forum's next report will focus on digital content and how to incorporate
it into the school curriculum. The forum's members include companies such as
America Online, Apple Computer, Bell Atlantic and IBM.
- by Rebecca S. Weiner