Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day, designated to bring attention to the benefits of technology for learning. As part of the effort, PBS LearningMedia has released a survey showing that 74 percent of teachers say educational technology benefits their classroom in many ways, including the ability to reinforce and expand content, motivate students, and respond to a variety of learning styles. Given these numbers, and despite increasing access, it’s not surprising that 68 percent of teachers still want more access to technology in the classroom. That number goes up to 75 percent of teachers in low-income schools.

To understand more about the influence of technology and learning, the following articles help shed light on subjects of discussion among educators and parents.

  • 7 GOLDEN RULES OF USING TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS. 1) DON’T TRAP TECHNOLOGY IN A ROOM. “When I went to school, computers were put in a room called The Lab,” Bellow said. “‘What are they experimenting with in there, I thought.’ Technology wasn’t built into what we were doing. It was farmed off in a room, like it was special. Like we were learning how to code, and in case the Russians came, we’d know what to do.” Technology should be like oxygen, Bellow said, quoting Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Science Leadership Academy: Ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible.
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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies 6 February,2013Katrina Schwartz

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  • Digital Learning Day is a monumental step forward for education. Teachers across the country are opening their classrooms to digital resources that compliment their efforts within the classroom. Educational technology is especially important to reinforce lessons, expand upon content, and facilitate different learning styles. Its especially important for schools with dwindling resources, in which teachers are stretched thin. Thanks for calling attention to the great articles listed above!

  • Wei Dai

    I do appreciate your post. It enables me to have a clear view of how to deal with the technology in and around our classroom, and how to adapt it in to our class. The second link: how teachers use technology to support learning is my favorite. It provides a lot of ideas, I think the last example is very interesting, the texts message between teacher and students can be a great tool to boost the kids’ learning motivatiojn.

  • aja3102

    It takes more than just providing teachers and classrooms with current technology. Our teachers need to be trained and supported by their administrators and their districts in order to provide students with an opportunity to use technology to enhance student learning. Often times teachers are just using technology as an additional means of lecturing. With limited resources and funds how will teachers become more confident in providing students with an interactive self paced lesson with technology?


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She’s worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She’s a staff writer for KQED’s education blog MindShift.

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