How does technology promote meting the needs of students? What is the greatest promise of technology for teaching and learning?
The original question had to be edited. I think that technology's greatest promise is that it is able to promote the needs of all students. If technology is available to all children, it can equalize out the playing field to ensure that all students are able to effectively learn and progress. The child that is able to conduct internet research would be able to do so regardless of location, condition of being, or school setting if technology is available to all children. Technology is able to provide differentiated forms of finding and presenting information and demonstrating mastery of concepts. Avoiding a "digital divide" syndrome, technology is able to actively promote meeting the needs of all students. It is able to provide a forum that is engaging and enlightening to students as it details new ways in which the ideas of the curriculum can be understood. This promise is why technology is so compelling for modern students.
Technology is able to promote the needs of students because it transforms the learning experience. Students are able to design their own instruction with technology, constructing the role between teacher and student to be more of facilitator and learner, as opposed to traditional construction. For children who are of the digital age, technology is able to promote learning in a way that is more approachable and understandable for them. It is in this regard where technology and its use in instruction is able to actively promote how it meets students' needs.