One of the major issues facing education is how technology can be used in the classroom in a way that is effective to teaching, learning, and assessment. The National Education Technology Plan was created by the Department of Education in order to address these issues.
Once schools have decided on the best way to approach technology, they must take a proactive stance, rather than a reactive one. It is more common for schools to take punitive measures when it comes to digital and social media tools, which are actually ineffective and deleterious to learning. In order to prevent this, school districts must create not only an acceptable use policy, but also a social media policy that directly addresses these issues.
Using the National Education Technology Plan as a guideline, the paper discusses how technology can be used effectively in a 21st century classroom by suggesting various digital tools for each area and practical applications for each. The rest of the paper discusses the three common barriers that prevent schools from properly utilizing technology tools.
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