School Matters

Technology in Education

As schools infuse more technology into our classrooms, we often hear from people who question whether this is a good idea.

It is not just the expense that is questioned, though technology can certainly be expensive. People want to know if reliance on calculators and spreadsheets reduces computational skills in students. They want to know if too much screen time hinders development of social skills and fine motor skills. And they question whether students actually learn when they can just do a Google search for answers.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.04.2016

Educating the whole child is important to our Bay Village community

The Observer is pleased to introduce a new column, written by Bay Schools Superintendent Clint Keener. The series of articles will center on the challenges and possibilities of education today in our public schools.

It has been more than two decades since public schools in Ohio began using state tests to measure learning in core subjects like reading, math and science, comparing not just an individual student’s learning from year to year, but comparing schools and school districts to one another.

As the saying goes, “What gets measured, gets done.” School boards, administrators, parents and community members pay attention when state test scores annually sort out school districts and communities. Real estate studies have directly linked published test scores to property values. It is not surprising that in some school districts, scarce resources might be taken away from those areas not measured and reported by state achievement tests.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:06 AM, 09.07.2016