Technology should enhance or complement a teacher’s instruction.
Technology should aid instruction. Technology can motivate students, increase instructional time outside of class, provide differentiated lessons, and much more. But the ultimate goal of using the technology is not to “try it” or experiment with it but to make instruction more effective.
The end use of technology in the classroom is to improve student performance.
Technology can help students learn through presenting lessons visually and enabling differentiated instruction. Online courses, digital portfolios, and game-like apps should help students learn more and retain that knowledge. The technology—as well as the teacher—are ultimately accountable to how well students perform.
Using technology in the classroom is important because students need to become familiar with it and use it in their daily lives.
Use of technology in the classroom serves as an important model and helps students learn how to use it in their own lives. Using technology enables students to learn inside and outside of school and brings the outside world to their fingertips. For today’s students, using technology is not optional: it underlies their entire world, and it is the responsibility of the school and teachers to introduce students to it.
Teachers can and should determine the level of technology use with which they are comfortable and which best suits their instruction.
The extent to which teachers utilize use technology is up to them; it’s an individual choice. Every teacher has a slightly different style in presenting a lesson or demonstrating a point. Not all teachers have to become tech superstars. But teachers need to provide opportunities for their students to use technology. For students, they need to act as models and guides. Just as teachers give students the freedom to learn with and in their own ways, so too should schools give teachers the support needed to integrate technology.
Each school and district implements technology to the best of its ability, but good, hands-on training will improve the chances for success.
Implementing new technology is not easy or cheap. It is often inconsistent and messy. Mistakes and failures may seem more frequent and obvious than successes. But installing, maintaining, training, and upgrading technology is an endless cycle and increasingly complex task. However erratically or brilliantly a technology decision is made, schools and teachers can often benefit from expert counsel and training.