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Learning is no longer confined to four walls and a chalkboard. In today’s classrooms, laptops, PDAs and other technologies have broken down the walls for teachers and students; literally bringing the world to their classrooms.

Technology is making a positive difference in schools and revolutionizing the way educators teach and children learn. Just this week the U.S.

Department of Education released a study indicating online education

Today, 98 percent of Oklahoma school districts use computers for curriculum, assessment and administration. In the last eight years, the number of computer in schools has more than doubled.

This is impressive considering the funding for hardware, software, and connectivity has come primarily through local bond issues and federal funds, grants or Education Rate (E-rate) discounts.

According to the State Department of Education’s annual “School Technology Survey” released at the regular June State Board of Education meeting, in Oklahoma:

along with traditional face-to-face teaching is an effective strategy for 21st century education.

school year;

Schools spent more than $105 million on technology during the 2007-2008

One-third use interactive whiteboards and PDAs;

50 percent of schools subscribe to digital streaming;

In addition, several districts are pursuing goals with 1:1 learning, which provides students with their own laptop computers to use each day.

A growing number of schools are also issuing iPods to students to enhance learning.

One innovative district that is integrating multiple digital technologies into classrooms is Howe Public Schools in LeFlore County. Under the direction of Superintendent Scott Parks, broadcast journalism students have created distance learning virtual field trips that enable other students to experience historical locations without leaving their classroom. Students broadcast a weekly news podcast and teachers are able to post homework and lessons online through computer programs.

Oklahoma’s core curriculum for Grades Pre-K through 12, the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), has standards that define basic skills of technology, including learning the operation of a computer, problem solving and telecommunications skills, and ethical and legal issues related to students using technology.

Our ever-growing global society makes the world available to every desktop. As such, the integration of digital tools into classrooms is a must for students to have the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive and successful as adults.

62 percent employ student blogs and 32 percent use instant messaging.

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