Student Engagement And Learning Environment

3455 Words Jul 5th, 2015 14 Pages
The use of technology tools is one of the key components to preparing learners for the 21st century. However, with the overwhelming abundance of technology tools and resources, educators are faced with the challenge of selecting and implementing the most effective tools that lead to the highest level of student learning. Although reading and writing text has been the focus of learning for thousands of years (Myers, 1996), developments and changes in technology have made a vast impact on recent literacy instruction and learning. Integrating technology into classrooms prepares students to be successful learners in a dynamic world (November, 1998). During the last half of the 20th century, technological innovations were introduced that enabled unique literacy and mathematical practices to be implemented in elementary classrooms.
Successful technology integration, combined with the best instructional practices which are meaningfully connected to curriculum, produces positive results for learners (Boster, Meyer, Roberto, & Inge, 2002). Student engagement and learning are the pivotal goals when transitioning to practices involving the integration of technology into the learning environment (Toy, 2008). In addition to adding the physical technology components, educators must align the technology tool to the learning task for meaningful integration. Effective pedagogical choices increase the opportunity for student achievement (Sun Associates, 2013). Technology resources in…
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