The Latest Computer Equipment is Not Required

You don’t need to have the latest equipment to have the greatest technology program. It is how you integrate technology into curriculum that enhances learning and improves teaching practice. Not the size of the hard drive.

Our school does not have high-end, brand new equipment. Instead, most of the computers in the lab are older. Yet they are perfect for our purpose. Our students and teachers can offer a high-quality program without having the latest hardware.

You DON’T need the latest equipment to have the greatest technology program.

A high end machine is best suited to a person that is using multiple programs at one time, working with large video or picture files, or is a heavy gamer. The average student or teacher does not need a super computer. Instead, it is the innovative ideas you have for how to use technology in the classroom that matters! If you don’t know how to integrate the use of technology into curriculum it won’t matter that the hard drive is 1 TB, that you have 3 GB of RAM, or that the processor is 3 GHz.

The students at our school use TechnoKids Computer Curriculum for their technology program. They complete meaningful projects that integrate technology into curriculum using Microsoft Office 2007. On any given day, the K-8 students are working on a range of technology-based activities. For example, today in the lab the Grade 2 class is creating an animal report using Microsoft PowerPoint, the Grade 5 class is completing their news article about a famous landmark using Microsoft Word, and the Grade 3/4 class is learning about digital citizenship and Internet skills. All this is taking place on computers that are about five years old.

The students do not just use technology to complete TechnoKids projects. The equipment is used to promote learning in other areas. For example, part of school’s reading program includes the web-based Accelerated Reader Program. As well, the computers are used to research information, complete class assignments, and use drill and practice software.

In addition, the teachers don’t just limit the use of the computers to teaching TechnoKids projects. Instead, they use them to gather information, prepare lessons, create handouts, write report cards, and communicate with parents and colleagues. All of this is being done with older equipment!

Old Technology is Good Technology

Don’t wait until you have the latest super computer, gadget, or software. Start integrating technology into curriculum now! Today, the good news is that old technology is good technology.

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About TechnoLaurie

Laurie Gerard, Research and Development - Laurie Gerard is responsible for the research and development center at John Knox Christian School (JKCS). Many years ago, TechnoKids Inc. formed a partnership with the school community to have teachers test our instructional materials. This relationship ensures that the projects are developmentally appropriate, meaningful to students, integrate into the curriculum, and have clear instructions. Laurie works with the staff and students at JKCS to help them operate their technology program. Her duties include curriculum support, computer lab maintenance, and upkeep of the network and server. As a key member of the Information Technology Committee at the school she provides advice regarding the technology program. Her devotion to the school community and their technology program makes her an invaluable member to our team. Laurie's contribution to the blog includes entries about the challenges of integrating technology in a school environment. The technical issues she overcomes related to hardware, software, and networking will be passed on to you in the form of practical strategies. In addition, she writes about the real-world problems faced by a school as they struggle to offer a quality technology program with a limited budget.