This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CenturyLink. The opinions and text are all mine.
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CenturyLink asked me to share my thoughts on both education and technology. One of the first things that comes to mind is how many school choices we have right now. Remember when we were in school and there were very few options? I went to my neighborhood school without even thinking that I could choose something different.
Nowadays, kids have many options for their educational lives – private, public, charter, homeschool, STEM-focused, Montessori, and so forth. I love that, don’t you?
My own kids desperately needed small class sizes (and consistently better teachers) to be successful. After our second public school, we switched them to a private school because my 5-year-old, who loved to learn, hated going to school and my 8-year-old, the quietest of introverts, was completely lost in the shuffle of a classroom with over 30 students. My oldest had a terrible teacher in first grade and was still grade levels behind where she should have been. For me, even though we’re spending money that stretches us financially, it is of utmost importance that my kids thrive at school and be where they should academically. Class sizes are a big factor in that.
Last week was teacher appreciation week and, as a former teacher, I realize it’s an incredibly hard job. When done well, it requires not just a love for children but a commitment to your work and a continual improvement of your craft. This includes all teachers in every type of school and homeschool.
That’s why it’s refreshing to see companies, like CenturyLink, show such great commitment to local education and offer support like the Teachers & Technology grants which empower teachers to grow and innovate the classroom. Teachers need all the support they can get!
As far as technology in education goes, I’m all for cutting-edge as long as it furthers learning and isn’t just technology for technology’s sake. I love to see teachers use coding and robotics to teach reasoning, storytelling, or geography. I don’t love when kids get to use computers and iPads without a learning purpose.
I, personally, grew up without a television. Because of this, I had a difficult time relating to other kids talking about popular culture and, later, couldn’t monitor myself well when I did get a TV in high school. My husband and I are believers in limited screen time with guidance so our children learn to make good media decisions as well as stay current. Technology is a tool that I can help my kids use wisely. Plus, it’s going to be vital to their work lives as adults.
Have you heard of CenturyLink? This company has been supporting STEM education and technology with some incredible Colorado and nationwide school initiatives including:
- Teachers & Technology grants
- STEM Excellence Awards
- And more
CenturyLink has long supported education and the technology that fuels learning. During the month of May, CenturyLink will be announcing a total of more than $145,000 to 32 teachers across Colorado in support of enhancing the innovative use of technology in their classrooms. Nationally, CenturyLink is providing $1.4 million in grants for STEM programs. I’m sure their generosity makes many teachers very happy!