Embracing Common Standards with Proprietary Technologies #ok #oklahoma #edchat
It appears that Oklahoma may be embracing common core standards for K-12 education that include Microsoft products. As cited in one email, the following was asserted:
One example appeared to require MS Excel. This means that professional development on what technology skills will be needed to complete the assessments--which include Microsoft--has to be developed.
Find out more about Common Core Standards in Oklahoma at these web sites:
While many will applaud the embrace of online components to assessments, questions remain. For example:
- Do Oklahoma schools have the technological wherewithal to ensure equitable access to online components of these assessments?
- Should vendors like Microsoft be included and what impact will that have on the funding for curriculum materials to prepare for assessments and training based on Microsoft products?
- Should schools in these tough economic times depend on "tried and true" proprietary technologies that can be expensive, or take advantage of free, open source tools?
- Were various technology tools--such as Microsoft--decided on after a rigorous process and was that process transparent to the public?
- Will solutions like LIVE@EDU and Office 365 provide workable solutions for schools that are low/no-cost?
What are your thoughts?
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