Why Technology Is Important

1689 Words Apr 15th, 2011 7 Pages
Why is Technology Important in K-12 Education?
Marlene Segal

It seems odd to me to write a paper about the importance of technology in education. While there may still be skeptics within the field of education, I would imagine that most people would agree that a technology rich environment enhances a child's education at least to some degree. Even teachers who are reluctant to infuse technology into their lesson plans would have to see the merit of students using technology consistently in classrooms. Most of the recent research articles I've read on technology and classroom learning conclude not only that there is an increase in student achievement in technology rich classroom environments, but also an increase in student
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Furthermore, the internet provides my student with up to date information. Textbooks typically get replaced every ten years or so. Many of the textbooks available in my classroom still show the Soviet Union and East and West Germany. However, because we are a laptop program with wireless internet connection, we're able to keep up with changing world borders. Earlier this semester, as my class started reading The Jungle, I realized I didn't have enough copies of novel to go around. Uh oh… I logged on to the internet and in two minutes had a website which publishes the novel (free of charge!). The site separates the novel into chapters, and with a click on the link to chapter one, off we went to the streets of turn of the century Chicago. Upon further investigation, I discovered that most books that are used in high school literature classes which have a copyright 70 years old or older are published on the internet. The ability to engage students in many different types of activities is another advantage of technology in the classroom. There is an enormous selection of educational software available across all content areas. There is an abundance of software available to download at no cost. I've had students design landscapes, construct

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