Technological Literacy in the Classroom

Technological literacy—defined by the U.S. Department of Education as computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity and performance—is increasingly necessary for entrance into a growing number of professions.  Integrating technology into curricula and teaching methods more effectively throughout the educational process may help to increase this literacy.  Furthermore, using technology as an educational tool to spark student interest can help to better engage students in the classroom and can allow teachers to present material in more innovative ways.

From interactive Promethean technology, to simulations such as Molecular Workbench, to and other education-centered social networking sites, there is a variety of technology available for educators to utilize in the classroom today.  This utilization can better engage students in the learning process as well.  For example, according to Nigel Rodwell, Technical Director of UK-based Amazing Interactive, which creates 3D software that is often used for educational purposes, children who had a part of their lessons delivered in 3D experienced up to 70% better retention of the information taught in the lesson.

In her article entitled “Challenges of teaching in the age of the Internet”, Jennifer Fleming wrote that “teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.”  She cited podcasts, blogs, iPods, and other technologies as teaching tools that she thinks need to be used in the classroom.  Educators can learn how to take advantage of these and other innovative technologies through professional development programs such as the Google Teacher Academy.

Nevertheless, better integrating technology into the classroom is not an educational panacea and cannot replace quality teaching.  “It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process,” noted Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).  “Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.”

Posted by:  Erica Pincus

Sources:  The Guardian,, PR Newswire, U.S. Department of Education

Photo Credit:  Using the Smartboard courtesy of flickr user Kathy Cassidy


2 Responses to Technological Literacy in the Classroom

  1. Technology resources and training are necessities in today’s classrooms; Bravo to the programs that realize this and work to make it a reality. Keep up the good work.

  2. Pingback: Flipping Classroom « America and the Global Economy

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