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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Educational Technology offers so many benefits for both teachers and students. We can not afford to disregard this. We must fund educational technology in our schools. Ed Tech can help students learn content, as well as technology skills that they will need to succeed in the 21st century world, whether in college or in a job. Students need to be able to use email, understand basic operating systems, use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, and be able to do research on the internet. While doing internet research, a student needs to know how to evaluate an internet source for reliability, accuracy, and bias. Ed Tech can also help teachers organize themselves and their classes with email, websites, and personal information management software. Teachers can present materials through simulations, animations, multimedia presentations, and internet projects in ways that they never could before. Students will be more engaged and more likely to pay attention and learn the material when technology is used. Students can get extra help through only support systems or software. The corporate world has been using technology to increase performance and efficiency for decades. Education has only gotten onto the technology bandwagon in the last 5-10 years. We need to do more with technology so that our students are better educated and better able to succeed in life.