SPECIAL DISCUSSION: Employing Education Technology in Facility-based Classrooms
Submitted by Heather Erwin on March 9, 2015 - 9:55am
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I am pleased to welcome you to this special online discussion. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s (OCTAE) Correctional Education Reentry Model encourages correctional education providers to use technology to enhance and increase program access. The Federal Interagency Reentry Council has released two myth busters describing how advanced technologies are being used successfully in juvenile and adult correctional facilities to broaden the scope of their education services while maintaining security.
This online discussion will focus on:
- The types of technologies — both hardware and software — being used,
- How these technologies address security concerns, and
- Challenges: such as insufficient resources and staffing to purchase, implement, maintain, and monitor advanced technologies.
Our aim in this discussion is to expand the knowledge and experience of correctional education providers that have or want to employ education technology in their facility-based classrooms. Please join us by sharing your experiences, successes and challenges, and by engaging with others in the field who have done, or are doing, something innovative inside their classrooms from which you wish to learn.
In this discussion we hope to build on our previous Technology in Correctional Education discussion to focus on the expanding implementation of education technology in secure classrooms and to encourage you, the educators, to ask specific feet-on-the-ground questions designed to facilitate replication of successful techniques and programs.