Resources for Professional Development: Integrating Technology into K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

At this juncture, many see great potential in computers to dramatically improve the quality of teaching and learning of K-12 students. Lynne Schrum, immediate past president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), calls this the "extravagant promises of technology" (Schrum, 2000). Schrum expounds on the myth
Technology will make our students smarter -- and it will do it faster and cheaper than ever before. Moreover, the promise suggests, this miracle will occur almost by osmosis. We need only place a computer in a room, stand back, and watch the magic take place.
We've entered a period when technology is no longer an intimidating fad. We're no longer terrified that computers are so fragile that they might break if we push the wrong button. Pressure from many fronts compels educators to "use technology" as if that were the end rather than merely the means to an end. If the end is quality teaching and learning, merely placing a computer or even 20 computers in a classroom is not enough to accomplish that end. For the vision of computers as a transforming teaching and learning tool to become a reality, today's K-12 teachers, not only need to become more skilled at using computer technology themselves, but also much more knowledgeable about how to incorporate computer-based materials into their curriculum.

Following are web-based resources addressing this topic:

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