Technology to Support Learning
The effective use of technology has many positive effects on the process of student learning. As outlined in the Division's Comprehensive Technology Plan, the Division believes that technology:
- enhances regular classroom instruction by providing instructional modes that support best practices and extensive access to learning resources;
- accommodates different learning styles and paces;
- provides intervention for some students while encouraging others to take their learning experience in exciting new directions;
- creates positive student attitudes about learning;
- promotes and improves productivity and skills that are vital both in the educational setting and in the workplace--teamwork, communication, presentation, and problem-solving; and,
- breaks down physical and social barriers and reduces classroom isolation.
Furthermore, technology used to support project- or problem-based instruction that promotes application of knowledge, skills, and higher order thinking has a positive impact on student achievement (Wenglinsky, 1998), the primary goal of this system model for high quality teaching and learning. It is important that unit developers ask a key question when making instructional technology decisions: How will use of this technology help students develop and demonstrate deep understanding of the key concept(s) in this unit?