Technology in the Classroom
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates want to bring Internet to all public schools. Surprising reasons why bringing tech to class is a good thing.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates have pledged $9 million to help bring high speed Internet to public school classrooms across the country. Students need to take advantage of the best learning tools around, and many schools lack the necessary resources to teach their kids the digital skills they need for the 21st century.
Around 72 percent of public schools — in the countryside, suburbs and cities — do no have the required broadband speeds necessary to fully access the Internet, according to Education Superhighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. Also, some critics might say that the Internet may be a distraction to learning, the Web can be a great tool for learning. Some of the positive outcomes, listed by Ed.gov:
Students with low socioeconomic status will be equipped to compete with children who are from affluent homes where technology is commonplace.
Prepare Students for the Future
"Higher education and the world of work would be infused with technology," the site writes. Educators have argued that schools have a responsibility to bring students, especially disadvantaged ones, up to speed. They'll need to use these skills -- and the confidence to use them -- after graduation.
Support Changes in School Structure
Technology could potentially change some school's old fashion ways. Using technology could "free up teacher time by taking over or supporting administrative and routine teaching tasks."
Explore Technology Capabilities
Teachers and students would be open to explore and expand the capabilities of technology. The next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg could be at the inner city school near you.