This morning I read, “The Digital Promise: Transforming Learning with Innovative Uses of Technology” by Jeanne Wellings and Michael H. Levine–a white paper that I highly recommend reading if you are looking for rationale to support the integration of technology and edtech PD within your school.
To summarize, the article points out that when technology is skillfully integrated into school curricula, the benefits are many:
- Technology supports student achievement. (ISTE 2008)
- Technology builds 21st century skills. (ISTE 2008)
- Technology engages students in learning and content creation. (America’s Digital Schools, 2006)
- Technology increases access to education, virtual communities, and expertise. (ISTE 2008)
- Technology fosters inclusion. (Apple Inc. 2009)
- Technology helps prevent dropouts. (Smink & Reimer, 2005)
- Technology facilitates differentiated instruction. (Apple Inc. 2009)
- Technology empowers learning and research in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) ﬁelds. (CEO Forum, 2001)
- Technology strengthens career and technical education. (Apple Inc. 2009)
And, if that is not enough to make you want to brush up your school technology plan, think about this and ask yourself how comfortable you are with media:
A Kaiser Family Foundation study, “Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year Olds,” conﬁrms the immersion of American children in contemporary media. The average child spends over six and a half hours per day engaged with various types of media, television, movies, music, electronic games, and computers. Over one week this equates to a full-time job with a few hours of overtime (Rideout, Roberts, and Foehr, 2005).
Wow! To find specific examples of resources and innovative things you can do as an educator to promote student learning via creative and engaging uses of technology, check out the blue call-out boxes throughout the report!
For more practical and easy-to-read research on the impact of technology and digital media on children’s learning, visit the Joan Ganz Conney Center. You won’t be disappointed!