Common Core State Standards offer educators, parents and administrators a consistent and clear understanding of what students need to learn in order to be successful in the classroom, college and beyond. Technology is a critical component of Common Core that can support teaching, learning and student engagement and assessment.
CDW-G’s latest research, Common Core Tech Report, surveyed 300 IT professionals in public schools around the country to understand how well prepared they are to meet the technology requirements of Common Core, how districts are prioritizing Common Core and the technology challenges they face.
Common Core/Common Good
- More than three-fourths of IT professionals expect Common Core to have a positive impact on their district
- Strong infrastructure is a must to ensure teachers can move forward confidently, so update and upgrade before bringing in new technology
- Change is hard. Develop and communicate a strong vision to all stakeholders to ensure everyone is speaking the same language
- It’s not about a device, which should be transparent, it’s about the instructional shift that makes students active participants in learning so that they take over ownership of their education
- In a year, your program will look very different. Continue to use pilot groups/leaders to share best practices and borrow ideas that unify your vision
CDW-G surveyed 300 IT professionals from K-12 public school districts in May 2013. The survey excluded Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia, which had not adopted Common Core State Standards as of May 2013. The total sample size equates to a margin of error of ±3.0 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.