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Importance of Technology in Education

  1. TECHNOLOGY A Must for the Future By: Katherine Knapp

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  1. The importance of technology could not be more evident than just looking at a few startling trends. In order to prepare our students for the future, we must invest in technology.
  2. Kimble - The Impact of Technology on Learning Most of the 88 million offspring of the baby-boomer adults find using technology no more intimidating than using a VCR or a toaster Media-literate kids watch much less television that their parents did at the same age TV is not interactive and does not allow viewers to dialogue with one another, technology allows for this Today’s kids want to be active participants, not just viewers or listeners Its use across all aspects of modern life warrants efforts on the part of educators to prepare students for participation in a technological world
  3. Technology is used throughout the world for gathering info, record keeping, creating proposals, constructing knowledge, performing simulations to develop skills, distance learning and global collaboration for lifelong learning and work
  4. One of the most important ways to enhance student achievement is through educational technology – Harvey-Woodall – Integrating Technology into the Classroom: How Does it Impact Student Achievement? Students demonstrate higher levels of motivation and engagement when using technology, which contributes to improved achievement Incorporating technology in the classroom can help schools provide a world class education and equip students for life Utilizing technology in the classroom shifts education toward student-centered instruction Teachers must understand how technology connects with pedagogy and the content of the curriculum
  5. Cradler, McNabb, Freeman & Burchett – How Does Technology Influence Student Learning? - Higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills enable learners to apply their content knowledge in a variety of different ways Educators have found valuable thinking tools among technology applications available for education purposes Research and evaluation shows that technology tools for constructing artifacts and electronic information and communication resources support the development of higher-order thinking skills Students are taught to apply the processes of problem-solving and then are allowed opportunities to apply technology tools to develop solutions Powerful technologies are available to augment the skills to convert data into information and transform information into knowledge Intelligent-tutor software program supports a curriculum focusing on mathematical analysis of real-world situations and the use of computational tools Research and evaluation shows that technology can enable the development of critical thinking skills when students use technology presentation and communication tools to present, publish and share results of projects The Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) program helped disadvantaged students achieve twice the national average gains on reading and math test scores. They also increased performance in reading comprehension, metacognition, writing, components of IQ, transfer to novel tasks and grade point average
  6. Effectiveness of Nine Strategies – Brabec, Fisher & Pitler – Building Better Instruction Technology supports nine research-proven instructional strategies When creating lesson plans, a teacher should consider these three approaches in incorporating effective strategies: focus on the strategies, focus on the available technology and focus on the unit Building lessons on a solid, research-based foundation of effective strategies, adding appropriate technologies and consistently applying those strategies should help ensure high-quality instruction that has the potential of maximizing student achievement
  7. Kulik’s Meta-Analysis Study – Schacter - The Impact of Education Technology on Student Achievement Research technique to aggregate findings from more than 500 individual research studies of computer-based instruction Computer-based instruction individualizes the educational process to accommodate the differences of students Consists of tutorial, drill and practice and Integrated Learning Systems Results: Students who used computer-based instruction scored at the 64 th percentile on achievement tests compared to the control group at the 50 th percentile Students learn more in less time Students like their classes more and develop more positive attitudes Computers did not have positive effects in every area in which they were studied