Educational Technology in the 21st Century

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Lynette Baltierrez

Educational Technology in the 21st Century

The 21st century has developed into a time where technology is everywhere. Technological advances are being developed daily and are incorporated in people’s everyday lives whether it is during work, school or leisure activities. This is the reason why technology should be used to support student learning and achievement. According to Intel Corporation (2009), being proficient in technology and the network is an essential part of life in the 21st century. I believe one must be proficient in technology to be able to function successfully in the workforce. This proficiency should start in the classroom and should continue throughout one’s education and followed throughout one’s life.

Teachers should incorporate technology wherever possible in their daily curriculum. According to a review of studies conducted by the CEO forum (2001), “technology can have the greatest impact when integrated into the curriculum to achieve clear, measureable educational objectives” (Cradler, McNabb, Freeman, & Burchett, 2002). Budget cuts have forced our classrooms to be filled to the maximum with students. Teachers need to keep students engaged in the daily lessons by incorporating multiple teaching strategies, including technology. In my classroom, I use a document camera and projector to teach my lessons so that the material is visible to all students. I can show examples that are magnified by the document camera and projected on a big screen. The objectives are posted on a board as well as written in the daily lessons. I believe that students should know exactly what standards are expected to be mastered by the end of the lesson and teachers should incorporate technology accordingly to reach those goals. There must be a purpose of using technology to support learning. Teachers should not just use it because it is a requirement. Lesson plans should be designed with putting education and content...
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