Do we really NEED to use all this techno-*#&$ in the classroom?
Recently I stumbled across an infographic displaying some research that helps answer the question I hear almost every day...
My standard answer has always included references to the National Common Core State Standards (specifically to Writing Anchor Standards # 6 - which refers specifically to Internet Use & Keyboarding, and #8, which refers to the use of digital resources in the Research Process), as well as to the impending assessments associated with them. (Illinois is part of the PARCC Assessment consortium, which suggests schools set a goal of achieving a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio, with 1:1 being optimal, according to the webinars available here.)
Today I learned (through Skyward's Twitter feed) about a research study that backs up the need for technology-enabled classrooms. The study has been published in Tech & Learning's online magazine, and is summarized in an excellent infographic.
Ongoing listing of resources for technology and education apps for Galesburg CUSD #205 teachers.