Today’s Generation Z and Generation Alpha students are more connected to technology than any cohort before. In fact, many of today’s students can’t remember a time before iPhones, tablets, laptops, smart devices, and other technology tools were available at home or at school.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, nearly 90% of Hoosier 8th graders in public schools reported having the internet and a device at home. While there is still work to be done to improve access to tech in Indiana and beyond—especially in low-income urban and rural communities—the fact is that technology is and will continue to change life and learning for students of all grade levels.
But for many, that begs the question: Does technology improve student learning and achievement? And the answer is a resounding YES—as long as technology is implemented in an intentional and strategic manner. In this blog, we’re exploring examples of technology used in education today and how these tools and devices are changing student life and learning both in and out of the classroom.