Technology is important for South Colonie because it does the following:
Technology motivates and empowers students because it gets them actively engaged in learning. Technology-enhanced learning is not passive learning. Rather, technology involves the use of tools (such as word processing, graphics, presentation software databases, and the Internet) to interact with others, both students and adults, to create knowledge and to share knowledge.
Technology impacts learning positively and significantly, based on a wide range of research studies.
Technology creates information and knowledge producers, not just consumers. Students and teachers today can research and electronically publish their work on the World Wide Web, as they collaborate with other “researchers” from around the world.
Technology creates the opportunity for more up-to-date and authentic learning experiences by getting students involved collaboratively in real-world projects and interacting with real- world professionals such as poets and scientists.
Technology is a powerful “mind” tool (analogous to a physical tool such as a lever) that students can use for accessing and manipulating information, synthesizing concepts and communication ideas in video, text and audio media.
Technology use prepares students as 21st century information workers and helps them to achieve world class standards and global competitiveness. As noted in the U.S.Department of Labor’s SCANS report, technology is an integral aspect of most future occupations.
Technology allows teachers to individualize learning experiences based on learner needs and to better organize and track student progress.
Technology enables student discovery and exploration of alternatives through software simulations. These simulations provide the opportunity to explore new concepts and environments with the time, cost or danger associated with many real-world situations.
Technology creates learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. It expands the range of learning opportunities and curriculum resources for students who would otherwise be limited to what the division could make available in its library or resource centers.
Technology connects individuals to new people and promotes understanding and equity by providing a diverse array of resources and experiences regardless of the geographic location of the student.
Technology offers a multimedia interactive learning environment that is more motivating to today’s students who have grown up with television and video games.
Technology increases teacher and administrative productivity by providing tools that speed up the process of entering and analyzing data.