Why Teach with Technology?

It helps teachers to teach

  • differentiate instruction
  • personalize learning
  • monitor students
  • motivate students
  • develop curriculum
  • communicate and collaborate with others

 It helps students to learn:

Digital Natives – Common Core – 21st Century skills

Digital Natives

Today’s students have grown up in a world filled with technology and they are all native speakers of of the digital language of computers, video games and the internet; they are Digital Natives (Prensky, 2001). Spending their entire lives surrounded by technology has had a significant impact on the way that students of today think and process information.  Digital Natives display a number of specific behaviors;

  • they thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards
  • they are used to receiving information really fast
  • they like to parallel and multi-task
  • they prefer random access
  • they prefer games to “serious work”
  • they enjoy opportunities to collaborate and extremely social
Prensky (2001) even suggests that our students brains have changed phyiscally and are different form ours. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, Prensky (2001)

Dan Taspcott provides a similar list which he refers to as ‘Eight Net Generation Norms‘ in his book  Grown Up Digital

  1. They want freedom in everything they do, from freedom of choice to freedom of expression
  2. They love to customize, personalize
  3. They are the new scrutinizers
  4. They look for corporate integrity and openness when deciding what to buy and where to work
  5. The Net Gen wants entertainment and play in their work, education, and social life
  6. They are the collaboration and relationship generation
  7. The Net Gen has a need for speed – and not just in video games
  8. They are the innovators

If students today grow up in a world surrounded by technology where information is received very rapidly, there are endless opportunities to connect and communicate and gratification is generally instantaneous they are most likely to succeed in an education system that reflects this. Technology is an essential tool in providing such an environment and therefore has tremendous value in the classroom and is an essential component of education today and ensuring our students achieve their full potential.

It helps students to develop 21st century skills

For our students to succeed in a 21st century world they must be equipped with 21st century skills.

Technology and computer science provides opportunities to develop these skills;

Using technology provides opportunities for…

Research, investigate and explore

Create media and present knowledge

Collaborate and communicate

Take ownership of their learning

Develop skills for their future careers

Common Core Standards


California’s implementation of the CCSS renews its vision “that all students graduating from our public school system be life long learners and have the skills and knowledge necessary to be ready to assume their position in the 21st century global economy.”

Specific references to technology in the Common Core
W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.

RI.8.7. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

SL.11-12.2. Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

SL.11-12.5. Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Speak Up Survey

Key findings from Students, Teachers & Parents ‘Speak Up’ about Education, Technology & 21st Century Learning

  • Communication tools (email, instant messaging, texting) are the number 1 preferences for students
  • Online connected-ness creates a new generation of friends
  • Online Safety and privacy are not top concerns
  • Students say: ‘Make science and math relevant’
  • The youngest learners are very tech savvy
  • There’s a continued disconnect between students and adults

Technology Tools are vast and ever changing…


Online Learning and Blended Classrooms

Project Based Activities

Game Based Learning and Assessment

Instructional Tools

Web-based projects, explorations and research

Student created media

Collaborative online tools

Using Social Media to engage students

Intergrating technology is not teaching basic computer skills. “Effective integration of technology is achieved when students are able to select technology tools to help them obtain information in a timely manner, analyze and synthesize the information, and present it professionally. The technology should become an integral part of how the classroom functions — as accessible as all other classroom tools.”– NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION