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How will the increased reliance on technology in the classroom impact future American...

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monique06 | Valedictorian

Posted November 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM via web

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How will the increased reliance on technology in the classroom impact future American education?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM (Answer #1)

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There is a definite argument to be made here that the increased reliance on technology makes the classroom more relevant to the lives of students.  This argument is predicated on the idea that as the classroom becomes more reliant on technology, then greater individual student needs can be met.  As the capability for technology is limitless, so thus would be the ability to differentiate its use for student need.  The increased reliance on technology makes for a more differentiated and relevant classroom.  The flip side of this, of course, comes down to access.  The increased reliance on technology makes for a more realistic state in which individuals must have cutting edge access.  If education becomes more reliant on technology, the emergence of a digital divide becomes a pressing issue.  The gap between those who have access to technology and those who do not becomes critical if education is rooted in technological access and advancement.  I think that this becomes a major implication of what happens when individuals are increasingly reliant on technology in the classroom as a permanent part of the classroom.

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