A report conducted by the IT Opportunities in Education Market showed that teachers in elementary schools noticed their students’ learning process is significantly richer today, because they integrated technology-based projects in their curriculum.
Technology is an important element in grade school curriculum since it helps create a learning environment in which students are more confident and productive as they engage in projects that empower them to take ownership of their education.
The purpose of this study was to analyze how K-12 preservice teachers used technology as a tool for student learning given technology standards for teachers and students from the International Society for Technology in Education (2000, 2007) and to consider how those experiences relate to 21st-century citizenship skills.
This longitudinal 5-year study examined work samples and reflections of 223 elementary and secondary preservice teachers in a graduate teacher education program.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Education degree.
Currently, she directs an adult education center in Boston.Technology can help grade school students cultivate skills that they can carry with them through college and as adults in the working world.Research on the Internet fosters students’ analysis and problem-solving skills as they work individually and in teams to gather information and come to conclusions.When students are taught through slide shows or by showing films, the lessons are stimulating; when they access new information online, they feel motivated; and when they learn new software tools, they are empowered.Incorporating technology in the curriculum gives students a sense of purpose and their attitude toward their education becomes positive.Daily computer use is essential as it helps young learners understand various software tools.Although the software will change before they enter high school, they will have a basic understanding of how various classes of computer tools work.With an influx of new learning models available, traditional educational methods are bound to evolve in the next decade.To get a better sense of where things are heading, Business Insider has taken a closer look at technology's developing role in the field of education and outlined the advances that could be spelled out for the future.Findings indicated 85% of preservice teachers integrated technology skills and knowledge in instructional practice with their K-12 students.Approximately 50% of the work samples and reflections documented K-12 students’ use of technology in the areas of creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, and research and information fluency.