I had the honor of being at the White House today as President Obama recognized 10 Connected Educators as Champions of Change. These educators are successfully engaging students, personalizing learning and improving student achievement through the use of technology and digital learning. They demonstrate that education is first and foremost about teachers, but that good teachers can become great teachers when they use powerful digital tools that put students at the center, empower them to create, and differentiate the curriculum to meet their individual needs and preferences.
As the President stated: “. . . it’s about changing students’ lives. It’s about using technology to give students a chance to learn at their own pace, whether they’re catching up on a subject or moving ahead to the next level. It’s about giving teachers a better data set so they can see exactly what’s working and what isn’t for particular students.”
As SIIA collaborates with educators, policy makers and other officials to realize the benefits of technology in our education system, the importance of educator capacity and support is always at the top of the agenda. Teacher professional development, technical support and a continuous improvement process that responds to teacher needs must be central to any efforts to modernize instruction and curriculum through technology.
SIIA joins President Obama in congratulating and thanking the 10 White House Connected Educator Champions of Change. We encourage others to learn from and follow their example to best serve the needs of their students.
Mark Schneiderman is Senior Director of Education Policy at SIIA.