Teachers are KEY There may be an app for for almost everything, but no APP will replace a great teacher. Why use technology? It isn't optional, it's essential... "...teachers are busy as all get-out and could use at least a little helping hand these days." "It's an Issue of Equity. Much like providing a classroom library for students who do not own books at home, we cannot wait for more students to own iPads or laptops in order to provide them ourselves. Because of the accessibility and constant use of the devices in the classroom, the students don't need to have access at home to be learning how to use 21st century tools." "Digital technology, now such a ubiquitous presence in society, is viewed as the essential conduit for closing existing achievement gaps, improving the quality of classroom instruction and increasing student achievement..." "...existing evidence is compelling that, with effective implementation, technology can lead to improved student outcomes." "When properly implemented, computer technology had a significant effect on student achievement, as measured by test scores across subject areas and with students at all levels... Computer-based teaching was especially effective among populations of at-risk students." "Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators’competencies and expertise over the course of their careers." May it be using a computer projector, a document camera, or learning how to use email or ways you can use technology to support curriculum, YOU CAN DO IT! Contact your ITC. Share your goals for using technology, the content you are teaching, and what you want your students to achieve. Your ITC will help you create a technology infused learning experience through professional development and support.