The Times West Virginian

May 7, 2013

Technology assessment recommended for schools

Officials say Marion County has built tech infrastructure but hasn’t caught up in some areas

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The positives and problems of technology in Marion County Schools were discussed during Monday night’s board of education meeting.

Brenda Giannis of the Marion County Education Association reported that in December, the organization put together a survey asking teachers about technology in their schools. Participation was voluntary, and professional personnel from 17 of Marion County’s 22 schools filled out the survey.

The questionnaire showed that teachers use more than 58 programs for required technology in their classrooms, she said. In general, most of the responses regarding technology were positive.

For instance, most respondents answered that technology is a beneficial and helpful learning tool for students and has an impact on their learning. Many teachers commented that they had been adequately trained in required programs, had a sufficient number of computers for students to use, and the computers were updated and workable, Giannis said.

However, two of the major concerns expressed were difficulties scheduling computer labs for whole group instruction, and technology problems not being fixed in a timely manner, she said.


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