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1. Adding the “Missing Half”















For the past 3-4 years, the focus has been too narrowly upon the networking and equipping of classrooms, but we are likely to see a shift of emphasis to learning and accountability.

Program will start to count more than equipment. We will see more attention paid to the educational bottom line: student performance. We will see devotion to professional development, curriculum development and product development.

The "Missing Half" is the learning part of the product.

We will see the "wired school" replaced by the "information literate school community" as focus turns to improving student reading, writing and reasoning with the new technologies.

We will see new versions of the Internet (Internet 2 and Internet 3) which offer speed, reliability and content quality.

Learning More

Visit and read through several of the following:

Do a search at Electric Library and read at least 2 articles that cast light on this trend or issue.

Possible search questions:

  • information literacy
  • school technology fad bandwagon
  • wiring networking technology in schools critics criticism skeptics

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the issues pages are those of the author, Jamie McKenzie. They are meant to stimulate thought and inquiry about issues and trends, but they do contain some speculation and projection about the future. The author cannot be held responsible if some predictions and trends do not materialize or continue, especially if readers attempt to reverse some of the more disturbing trends. Listing of articles to read should not be interpreted as endorsement of the contents, products or ideas by the author.

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