Employment Expectations: Urban High School Students Narrate the Possible Outcomes Associated with Learning Classroom Technology

By Ramona R. Santa Maria.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Classroom technology is integrated into schools as a solution to raise standardized test scores, the current measure of a school’s academic performance. Under-resourced, urban schools lack the financial ability and opportunities to acquire and implement the latest technology. These schools incorporate affordable, but outdated technology into the curriculum because it is underprivileged schools that perceive any technology as an opportunity to foster skills, academics, and most importantly, employment opportunities. This paper presents students’ perspective of classroom technology within an urban High School in a de-industrialized city in upstate New York in the United States. A collection of student narratives is presented in answer to the following question: “How do you see learning with classroom technology today will affect your future (employment)?”

Keywords: Employment Expectation, Urban School, High School, Students, Classroom Technology, Technology

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.51-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.101MB).

Dr. Ramona R. Santa Maria

Instructor, Department of Computer Information Syatems, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, USA

Before coming to Buffalo State in 1999, Ramona SantaMaria worked at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She holds a master’s degree in educational computing from Buffalo State and is working on a PhD, concentrating in the area of Critical and Cultural Studies of Information Technology, within the discipline Sociology of Education at the University at Buffalo. Her dissertation topic looks at how high school students who attend under-resourced schools narrate their experiences with and observations of computer technology after intensive exposure in a computer classroom. Her other research interests surround the cultural influences that young women face when acquiring technology skills in school, as well as the limits and possibilities that Web 2.0 technology bring to the K-16 classroom Santa Maria has won several awards for excellence in teaching, presents research regionally and nationally; she is a New York State certified teacher in the areas of Business Education and as a School to Work Coordinator.


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