Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Nine Excellent Reasons for Technology in Education

An article from TechLearning.com by John Page that I would like to share with you. This is a truncated version. For the full article and explanation of each reason, CLICK HERE.

Nine Excellent Reasons for Technology in Education

Two events prodded me to write this. The first was my involvement in formulating a technology plan for a technologically advanced local school. During this process I became increasingly concerned that while the school intuitively knew it should improve in this area, it did not really know why.

The second event was an email I got from a teacher concerning my web site Math Open Reference. In it she said, to paraphrase: ‘Thank you so much! Now I have something to do with those laptops they gave me!.’ You can visualize the scene: a school decided to move technology into the classroom so it gave the teacher the computers. This is putting the solution before the problem. Again I wondered if this school really knew why they wanted the technology. In what way precisely would the education be better?

So here they are. Nine fundamental reasons why I think technology is important in education. Hopefully, they can act as the rationale for technology plans in schools. If you disagree, or find things missing, my contact information is at the end.

Reason 1. Expansion of time and place

Reason 2. Depth of Understanding

Reason 3. Learning vs. Teaching

Reason 4. New media for self-expression

Reason 5. Collaboration

Reason 6. Going Global

Reason 7. Individual pacing and sequence

Reason 8. Weight

Reason 9. Personal Productivity

1 comment:

Mr. Estes said...

All of those reasons were excellent and I feel that I have a lot more to learn in order to take advantage of the technology that is out there. There are many resources available to us (free, in many cases). We need forums like this one to bounce around ideas about technology so we can go out and make things happen.