As time goes on, the positive impacts of technology on our daily lives continue to expand. From better entertaining ourselves during our free time, to more efficiently getting our job done in the workplace, technology consistently allows us to better upon previously established practices or tried and true methods. Now research and real world practice are demonstrating that technology has the potential to positively impact education as well. That is why it is so important for educational institutions embrace technology to help them succeed in their mission.

According to Roblyer and Doering (2012), integrating technology into education helps to overcome several major problem areas for students including issues of motivation and engagement, getting support for individualized learning needs, and receiving adequate preparation for future learning. Through embracing technology our educational institutions also have the potential to offer students resources and opportunities previous generations never could have imagined. Jonasson and Land have stated that, “technology allows learners to represent their thinking in concrete ways and to visualize and test the consequences of their reasoning” (2000). Learning management systems such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Moodle provide an online environment for students to interact with each other, teachers, and subject matter experts through discussions and collaborative assignments. Interactive whiteboards and student response systems provide hands-on interactive learning opportunities within the classroom that were previously not possible just several years ago.

Technology integration into the learning environment also facilitates access and enhances engagement for students with disabilities or impairments thanks to specialized assistive technologies (Roblyer and Doering, 2012). It is not just the potential for improving the student experience that technology integration offers either. Edutopia (2008) states that “Technology also changes the way teachers teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners.” Technology integration is also positively impacting the way educators assess students and evaluate programs, which is increasingly important in an era of growing standards and accountability measures (Roblyer and Doering, 2012).

The integration of technology into our educational system is rapidly moving from being an option to becoming an expectation. This is especially true in the eyes or our students. Regardless of whether or not long time veterans or traditionalists in the field of educations share their view, the students of the world today have both an expectation and an appetite for technology in their lives. In the end the students are not here for us but rather we are here for the students, which is why we must embrace educational technology to serve them best.


Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. (2012). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (6th ed.). Pearson Education Inc.

Jonassen, D., & Land, S. (2000). Theoretical foundations of learning environments. Mahwah,         New Jersey:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Edutopia. (2008, March 16.) Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are                Many. Retrieved September 7, 2012 from technologyintegration-introduction
Sarah Putnam
9/7/2012 11:59:02 pm

I like your point on technology changing the way teachers teach. I feel that this is the main reason why veteran teachers might not embrace technology as much as new teachers do. Change can be hard. However, you are right that technology today allows educators to impact a wider variety of learners.


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