Technology can be used within classrooms in many different ways without integrating them. One example of a technology that is used, but not integrated is using computers to show PowerPoint shows. Although the students are learning from looking at the PowerPoint slides they are not actually using a computer, which is what makes the difference between integration and basic use.
Some technology that can only be used and not integrated are projectors, televisions or DVD players and C.D. players.
Technology can be used in the classroom as a tool for teaching children how to use the devices. Not only does technology integration improve learning, but it also can help improve communication and creativity between students.
Technology integration is key because the use of technology in today's world is continually growing and without the proper knowledge on how to use technology children will be far behind there peers.
The cost of technology often is the reason why so many schools do not have it easily accessible for students to use or for classroom integration.
Schools can apply for grants to get the technology that they desire to have, however there is usually only a certain amount of the technology given and it not necessarily the right amount that is needed.
If the cost of technology was cheaper than there probably would be more technology available and it would be more commonly used and integrated into classrooms.
Another reason why technology is not used in classrooms as often as it should be used is because most teachers do not know how to use the technology. Most technology was not around when teachers were learning how to become teachers. To most educators it may seem scary or unnecessary to learn how to use technology because they have gotten by so far through their teaching career without it. It is really important to try to push teachers to learn the technology so that they can teach their students how to use it. It is also important to point out there is nothing wrong with their current teaching methods, but that they just need to by updated.