From case studies (reference not cited on webpage) the authors determined that there were 6 overarching reasons to bring technology into the classroom:
- Support thinking processes
- Stimulate motivation and self esteem
- Promote equity
- Prepare students for the future
- Support changes in school structure
- Explore technology capabilities
Support thinking processes: i.e., technology provides opportunity for thinking development which is not found through other media.
Stimulate motivation and self esteem: i.e., using technology provides motivating opportunities and thus, helps build self esteem, especially in regards to low income students which leads to #3.
Promote equality: i.e., technology helps provide equal access to educational opportunities.
Prepare students for the future: closely tied to promote equality, educators see technology as a necessary part of their students’ futures.
Support changes in school capabilities: a potential to lower boundaries and free up teachers’ time for other things (administration, etc.).
Explore technology capabilities: interest in the possibilities and attitude of embracing technology.
While I found this interesting and it all made sense, I wonder how the educators surveyed would feel some years after this study. I think most of us realize that technology does not give us more time, because we are even taking on more duties and responsibilities. In some cases, training people/students in technology use and dealing with problems (hardware/software issues, etc.) take as much time if not more than before the technology was implemented.
I also want to point out that this is an archived US governmental website. While this site is here, I would not be surprised to see it disappear suddenly because it has been taken down. Sad really.