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How Technology Powers School Curriculum


Alexis Shoemaker, Coordinator, Market Research, Consumer Technology Association
Educators are employing technology in the classroom to educate the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, artists, and historians, all of whom will likely use technology to advance their fields. The booming educational technology industry and the widespread agreement among parents (86%) and educators (79%) that technology products are becoming a crucial part of classroom education at every level calls for the infusion of technology in education from a young age.

According to new CTA research, educators of STEM subjects (50%) are significantly more likely than educators of non-STEM subjects (38%) to use the technology products covered in the report in their classrooms a few times per week or more. This discrepancy could be due to the perceived necessity of incorporating technology, one of the titular elements, into STEM curricula; however, 85% of educators of STEM and 88% of non-STEM subjects, alike, agree that technology helps students develop technological skills for the future.”

What’s more, to further break down a statistic used above, 78% of STEM and 80% of non-STEM educators agree that technology products are becoming a crucial part of classroom education at every level. Though technology products for the purpose of learning and education appear to have widespread support among educators and parents, 58% of educators feel that there is value in incorporating technology in everyday curriculum, but are unable to due to budget constraints.

This offers a window of opportunity for partnerships between technology companies and schools. The investment in the future of the workforce by technology companies and the emphasis on cross-disciplinary use of technology in the classroom by educators produce a marriage that inspires student creativity, learning, and technological fluency from a young age.

To institute an emphasis on technology as the backbone of curricula across subject matter, blended learning could be a first step. Blended learning is a style of teaching that “combines traditional, teacher-to-student lessons with technology-based instruction.”

This method can be used across disciplines and shows students the wide range of applications for technology. Furthermore, 80% of STEM and 76% of non-STEM educators agree that technology helps students learn at their own pace and ability level. Classrooms that use technology, and blended learning by extension, would benefit from the flexibility that technology offers students and would allow students to master subjects at their own speed.

By using technology as a unifying theme across subject matter and incorporating it into the curricula for both STEM and non-STEM subjects, students are not only able to work at their own pace but are likely to develop creative uses of their technological resources.

The complete study is available for free for CTA member companies or purchase at CTA.tech/research.
 
 

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