All students in Connecticut have access to technology that supports and extends learning opportunities, that facilitates “anytime anywhere” learning, and enables educators to implement student-centered, mastery-based learning.
Why is this important?
Technology is an essential part of life and work in the 21st century. Technology has led to transformation of how we live and work, and graduates of Connecticut schools must be able to use these tools of society and the economy. While students should learn how to use technology, technology is also a tool that can transform education. Networking platforms can connect students, teachers, and schools to learning partners in other locations. Information technology can help teachers document how each of their students has mastered academic standards.17 Technology can facilitate access to a range of assessments and make assessments adaptive to pinpoint a student’s level of mastery.18
While technology-assisted education has many advantages, three components are especially important to student-centered learning. These include:
- Technology can assist both teacher and students in monitoring progress on the standards toward learning milestones. This is especially important with student-centered learning because of many standards and indicators.
- Technology provides one method of allowing students to progress to mastery at their own pace.
- Technology done right is a key tool in efforts to provide an equitable education for all.
17 Office of Educational Technology, (2010). Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology; Peck, K. & Dorricott, D. (1994). “Why Use Technology?” Educational Leadership. April 1994, Volume 51, Number 7, Pages 11-14.
18 Darling Hammond, L. and Adamson, F. (2010). Beyond Basic Skills: The Role of Performance Assessment in Achieving 21st Century Standards of Learning. Stanford, CA: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.