Individualized Learning Plans and the Power of the Internet.
Persuading Funders to Support Your Technology Program
Part 5: Individualized Learning Plans and the Power of the Internet.
–By Heather Chirtea and Eric Bird
Series blog – 5 of 6
In part 5, we will go over how technology allows for individualized learning plans and how the internet is perfect for encouraging curiosity in the classroom. The internet teaches student that they have an obligation to their own education because they can answer their own questions through an internet search.The internet has made teaching auditory, visual, and text based learners easier because all modes are available on the internet.
Argument 7: Individualized Education – Technology offers individualized, differentiated instruction, as well as collaboration opportunities.
● Self-paced instruction. It helps to reach each student by allowing students to be able to move at their own pace.
● Skill practice. It offers easy skill practice, especially at the elementary level.
● It’s a supplement to learning. It enhances, not replaces, the curriculum.
● Differentiation. Students with special needs can find success using individualized technology, while advanced students can move at their own pace.
● Collaboration. Students gain new opportunities to collaborate in the classroom, remotely, or with people on the other side of the world. Collaborative learning helps students develop their teamwork skills.
Argument 8: The Power of the Internet – The Internet provides unlimited resources for research.
Every device with an Internet connection is an instant searchable library.
● The Internet is a critical educational tool and schools have an obligation to provide access. With personal access to the Internet, students become global learners and broaden their exposure to foreign cultures. The argument is not to simply “bring more technology” to our schools, as much as it is to change the way we understand the role of technology in the learning process.
In next week’s blog, we will go over to argue the importance of modernization and how funding technology is an investment for the future.
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This article is based on a national survey of 242 educators and administrators, interviews with 27 technology leaders, and our own personal experience implementing 1:1 computing programs in 30 schools. For more information check out our research in education technology.