Digital tools are increasingly being used in schools to support and enhance learning, and in many states, technology fluency isn’t just encouraged, it’s incorporated into the standards. To clarify the goals around technology integration in the classroom, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) defines six standards for students’ mastery of technology. According to this document, K–12 education should prepare students to engage in the following processes in a digital environment:
- Employ digital tools to create and innovate
- Communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences
- Research information and analyze data
- Apply critical thinking processes in the use of technology
- Engage in “digital citizenship”
- Operate and adapt to new and existing technology systems
Not by accident, three of these six standards emphasize the application of creative and critical thinking, and research says that effective technology integration in the classroom should too. Technology can be used as another tool for pushing your students to higher-level thinking: effective integration can motivate students, promote innovative thinking, improve learning, and increase student achievement.
For research-based strategies and real classroom examples for using technology to promote critical thinking:
Sources: ISTE Student Standards
How Are You Integrating Technology?
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