According to NCREL (2003), “Technology serves as a bridge to more engaged, relevant, meaningful, and personalized learning—all of which can lead to higher academic achievement” (p. 10) Welcome to Investing in Technology = Investing in a Child’s Future. Today I will address…(next slide)
I will address the following topics during the presentation. The Digital Divide, Technology Facts, Challenges for Educators, Tech Understanding, Technology Integration, Student Achievement, and I will conclude with questions.
There is a Global Digital Divide, which can be seen by the picture. The majority of North America have access to computers in higher numbers; at work, school, home, the library or another friends home. When compared to other countries we seem to be doing quite well. However, the Digital Divide also affects Americans too. A Digital Divide can be seen between Rural and Urban America and those within different income levels. The statistics according to Strickling & Gomez (2011), 72% of Americans use the internet, 28% do not use the internet at all (p.5).
Here are some interesting facts about students and the statistics about Internet usage with children and teens.
How do we assist students in developing 21 st Century Skills? With the increase pressures from sources outside the school system pushing for high levels of technology use, how can we as educators meet the expectations and prepare the students in our classrooms for the future?
Student success with technology in the classroom is contingent on the teachers understanding of technology. According to Martin, et al. (2010), “developing quality lesson plans integrating technology are essential.” Another important factor is ongoing technical support. According to Kittma & Davis, (2004) they stress the importance of ongoing professional development and technical assistance. Planning and management are essential to the success of technology integration. School systems play a vital role in the success of technology in the classrooms. According to NCREL (2003), NCLB Act “requires participating states to strive for technological literacy by all eighth graders” (p. 22).
The benefits to using technology in the classroom are growing every day with new technologies and software applications being created to meet state standards. The NCREL(2003), state “to fully realize the educational opportunities that 21 st Century Skills can bring to students, educational leaders must formally incorperate them into the mainstream of school curriculum, instruction, and assessment” (p.10). There are many benefits to Integrating Technology in the classroom. According to NCREL (2003), “Technology serves as a bridge to more engaged, relevant, meaningful, and personalized learning—all of which can lead to higher academic achievement” (p. 10) Inventive Thinking: self-directed, creative, higher order thinking, adaptable Students are Engaged: enjoy the technology, think that school is fun, collaboration with peers, creative Communication: collaboration, changes how we communicate—e-mail, text, phone, web-based Opportunity: Future Job Success and success in our competitive society, increased productivity Long Term Gain: increased engagement, kids like to do this at home, test scores have measure higher-academic achievement
The Digital Divide in out community and our school needs to be addressed. Young children are engaged in technology use outside the home and have experiences with technology long before they begin Kindergarten. Technology matters in our schools. The influence the system and teachers have on students and their understanding of technology are great. We need to take a look at our current set-up and find ways to connect further with the student to make learning more engaging by integrating technology into the classrooms. WE can make a difference in students lives…in the future when they are competing for the best jobs in our society. After all, they are the future—we must move forward.
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INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY = INVESTING IN A CHILD’S FUTURE Amy Maruska 06/12/2011
The Digital Divide The digital divide affects Americans too. * Rural vs. Urban * Digital access today is more a factor of income that ethnicity.
Interesting Facts <ul><li>“ Over 65% of American children, aged 2 to 17, now use the Internet—up from 41% in 2000.” –NCREL, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>“ The latest research from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce puts the current growth rate for Internet use at 2 million new users per month, with children and teens being the fastest growing group of new users . -NCREL, 2003 </li></ul>
Challenges for Educators “ We are living in a new economy—powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge.” -Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), US Dept. of Labor
Summary <ul><li>The Digital Divide in America – In Our Community </li></ul><ul><li>- How can we close the gap in our school? </li></ul><ul><li>Children as young as 2 are connected outside of school. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology is a big part of students lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development is essential in success and understanding. </li></ul></ul>
Resources <ul><li>Davis, John, Kmitta, Daniel. (2004). Why PT3? “ An analysis of the impact of educational technology.” Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education , 4(3), 323-344. </li></ul><ul><li>Martin, Wendy., et. al., “Connecting Instructional Technology Professional Development to Teacher and Student Outcomes.” Journal of Research on Technology in Education 43(1) (2010) p. 53-74. Retrieved June 1, 2011 from http:// vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com.bsuproxy.mnpals.net/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?recid=0bc05f7a67b1790ee280c5d551d3257c88e3d7b8d0f3d68b3826f050f8bd191753a3ce13f13a114a&fmt=P </li></ul><ul><li>Means, Barbara. (2010). “Technology and education change: Focus on student learning.” Journal of Research on Technology in Education , 42(3), 285-307. Retrieved June 1, 2011 from http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=EJ882507 </li></ul><ul><li>NCREL & Metiri Group. “EnGauge®21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age.” NCREL & Metiri Group. Naperville, IL: NCREL, 2003. np. Web. 2 June 2011. http:// www.ncrel.org/engauge/skills/engauge21st.pdf </li></ul>