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Technology Education in Nebraska

The technology literacy assessment working group of the State Educational Technology Directors Association has suggested the following definition of technology literacy, which local districts can use or modify for their own uses:

"Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century."

The Nebraska Department of Education Technology Center helps teachers and administrators integrate technology into Nebraska elementary and secondary school curriculum in an effort to provide quality education and equal opportunity for students. The department also provides grants for model educational technology projects to Nebraska schools and educational service units.

In October 2009, the Nebraska Department of Education made public a new iTunes U tool that will convey informational media to teachers. In the future it will also help students with their homework.

In 2008 the Center for Digital Education (CDE), a national research and advisory institute for K-12 and higher education technology, surveyed state education officials about the status of online learning. CDE ranked the states according to its findings, ranking Nebraska 46 out of 50 for its online learning policies and practices.

Education Managers

The mean annual wage of preschool and childcare administrators in Nebraska as of May 2008 was $41,430, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For elementary and secondary school administrators the mean was $78,390.

Candidates for administrators in Nebraska typically come up from the ranks of teachers. In Nebraska, principals and superintendents come from traditional backgrounds in education, and only rarely from another field. While overall Nebraska is not facing a shortage of principals, occasionally a small school will have difficulty filling an administrative position. In that situation the district will hire a candidate on a Provisional Certificate, which is issued to candidates who have not completed all certification requirements.

To become a school principal, a candidate must get an Administrative Endorsement-Principal, which requires the equivalent of two full school years of teaching experience in an approved or accredited elementary or secondary school, 36 or 45 graduate semester hours of credit in an approved program in educational administration, and at least one semester of internship supervised by a college or university.

Teacher's Aides

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the mean annual wage for teaching assistants in Nebraska in May 2008 as $20,320.

Schools and teacher training colleges can use web-based self-study programs to provide introductory training for paraeducators and/or the teachers who supervise them. The Paraeducator Self-Study Program provides resources for Nebraska paraeducators. The Supervisors of Paraeducators Self Study is for teachers who supervise paraeducators.

Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional coordinators provide administrators and instructors with guidance for developing curriculum and delivering instruction. In Nebraska, the mean annual wage for this position, which may also be referred to as an instructional materials director or curriculum specialist, was $53,130 in May 2008, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates.

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