I wanted to talk about the importance of infrastructure which is mentioned under section 5 of the NETP. I think it is very important that all students have equal access to technology if it’s going to be commonly used in classroom teaching. The infrastructure needs to be built in and out of school so that digital divide between students will not exist. Technology shouldn’t be an additional barrier that creates more trouble for kids in low income families. This is why I think every house should have free WiFi in US but that is just my personal opinion that most monopoly cable companies would shrug off.
Another important point made in the reading was how technology should be designed around the curriculum and not the other way around. Kids should have fun but they should have fun while learning. A bad example of how not to force technology into classrooms is where one of the schools I went to forced their teachers to use technology by buying expensive iPads for all the students without really consulting the teachers. It was mainly because the administration wanted to spend money to show progress but most teachers didn’t change their curriculum to integrate the technology. Needless of say it was disaster and had to abandon the iPads after one quarter. Technology is a good tool if correctly integrated.