With the advent of the computer, instruction and learning in the classroom changed forever. From research and essays to spreadsheets and calculations, technology has greatly enhanced teacher preparation, instruction, and assessment. Technology today makes it possible to transform traditional lecture style, teacher-centered classrooms into project-centered, inquiry based, student -oriented learning centers. The first focus of this paper will be to define technology integration, what it consists of, and barriers to its implementation. Next, this paper will examine current uses of technology in the classroom and how it is used to enhance learning. The third focus of the paper will be to discuss 21st century learning goals and skills and how technology can assist in their implementation. The fourth focus area will be an identification of the new millennial student, and finally, this paper will examine the exciting, new cutting edge technologies available for teachers to use to integrate technology into their classrooms.
|Keywords:||Technology Integration, Technology Uses, Educational Technology and Learning, Current Uses of Educational Technology|
Associate Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA