Saturday, August 18, 2012

Why integrate technology in the classroom / curriculum?

As a teacher and a parent, I believe that we want our students to have opportunities to acquire and/or improve upon the skills that they need to be successful today, and tomorrow. Among other things, students need to be effective communicators who are confident, engaged, creative, collaborative, empowered, technologically literate, and are able to think about their thinking (meta-cognition).

Technology has revolutionized the way we think, work, and play. Integrating technology into the curriculum revolutionizes the learning process and provides our students with the preparation they require to be successful in our dynamic society. I have experienced, first hand, the improved student engagement and achievement that comes with appropriate integration of technology in the classroom & curriculum.

If my experience is not enough, simply look at the commitment my school board has made to integrating technology into the educational culture. Every classroom in my board has been equipped with BrightLink technology that allows for digital content to be presented to students and allows them the opportunity to interact with it. The step forward that my board has made will help students learn by emulating the technology they are familiar with and use every day.

It is no longer a surprise to hear about or see that most people are ‘connected’ (socially, physically, and emotionally). This ‘connection’ allows them to acquire knowledge easily and at their convenience. The technology is a tool that our students are familiar with. Integrating it into the classroom & curriculum shifts the focus from the tool to the critical thinking skills (e.g. problem-solving, use of information, etc)  that have become a necessity in our ever changing globalized society.


  1. Connectedness is a necessity in this day-and-age. I agree with the integration of technology in the educational environment, but to those skeptics I would say integration is not necessarily the replacement of personal connectedness. Quite the contrary, technology integration should support and encourage personal collaboration with peers. Personal connections (live and in person) remain a vital part of socialization, and technological integration can be a catalyst for those personal connections if appropriately used. Thanks for the post!

  2. Hello,
    I also think that using technology in our own lives is important - especially as we are role models for students. We need to promote a positive digital footprint. Our students probably already have some sort of digital footprint, and we need to promote using technology only for good.
    Thank you for this post!
    Joy Kirr (@JoyKirr)