Through corporate endowments, grants, fundraisers, and donations, Leverage Education gives contributions to schools looking to develop a 21-st century learning environment.
For the past 12 years, while working in a large urban serving public education system as a hired I.T vendor that supported over 60 elementary and high schools, we noticed a significant disparity in the amount of technology that was available or present within these institutions. We noticed (1) there were large donations of technology from corporations given to schools where teachers were not properly trained on how to use them, (2) an enormous amount of capital was spent on devices from school budgets that were uninformed or ill-advised, (3) and there was a lack of sustainable technology device management in many of the schools that we served. One of our core initiatives is to bridge the technology gap in schools in under-served communities, by providing a technology-rich environment that fosters academic growth through teacher knowledge development.
The 21-century classroom will support the movement of student-directed learning.
While technology solutions can enhance student learning, if not properly educated on the proper use of the devices, stagnant or no positive outcome will be the result. Training teachers on 21st-century skills and tech in the classroom is a requisite for teacher and student growth. There are many devices that can enhance technology infrastructure and engage students on another level of technology literacy. The 21-century classroom will support the movement of student-directed learning and facilitate the overall learning experience. The integration of various devices such as Interactive whiteboards, iPad’s and tablets, Chromebooks, and internet-connected devices, can foster engagement in the classroom and in today’s technology-rich environment.
There is a depth of research around technology and the impact of student engagement and usage.
There is a depth of research around technology and the impact of student engagement and usage. Our focus is to identify the needs of each school and deliver a customized technology infrastructure that will benefit the teachers and students for a successful outcome. With adequate training, teachers can then engage students in the proper use of technology.
“Experience is not the same thing as practice.”
“Experience is not the same thing as practice. Experience means only that you use a skill; practice means that you try to improve by noticing what you are doing wrong and formulating strategies to do better” – CITE Rotherham, A. J., & Willingham, D. (2009). 21st century. Educational leadership, 67(1), 16-21.
Preparing students with skills such as coding, application development, and the use of learning apps, are skills that will prepare them for the workforce and post-secondary opportunities. It is not only important for students to develop these skills but equally important for opportunities to practice these skills to be technology literate. The development of problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and group collaboration skills through technology will enhance the student learning experience, preparing them for success in the workplace. We can leverage students’ experience and increase their ability of skill development through practice.
Direction for professional development outlets are key components for academic success.
Providing information and guidance on technology integration, selection of software, and direction for professional development outlets are key components for academic success and are integrated with our initiative. While working with K-12 institutions to create a customized technology infrastructure, we simultaneously consult the school administration on a training approach that will support the development of technology skills for a successful outcome.