The use of technology in schools is revolutionizing K–12 learning, and principals serve an important role in fostering this change. As Jennifer Demski of The Journal said, “the most successful implementation of technology programs takes place in schools where the principal sees him or herself as a technology leader.”
Indeed, many principals across the country are leading the charge for the increased use of technology—and for good reason. Just a few benefits of technology in the classroom include:
Higher student engagement. As opposed to traditional lectures, the use of tools like white boards and touch screen technology can make lessons more interesting and interactive.
Customizable learning. Digital tools can track progress and provide additional resources that allow students to work at the pace appropriate for them.
Preparing for the future. Knowledge of current technology is essential in 21st century jobs, and technology in the classroom can help give students a leg up on their future careers. In addition, learning a diverse range of technology helps teachers in their own professional development.
Making learning fun. By tapping into kids’ love for video games, teachers can use game-based activities or quest-based activities to make learning entertaining and motivate students to do homework and finish assignments.
You can learn more about technology in schools at Ignite ’15 during the Technology Viewpoint session, which will be led by the three recipients of NASSP’s 2015 Digital Principal Award. These three innovators will share their winning strategies for integrating technology into their schools.