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TECHNOLOGY.  To integrate or not to integrate?  That is the question! It's a challenge given the amount of content you need to cover during the term.  Can technology help students improve their learning?  Can technology apply the content better?  Will technology save you time?

Consider these key findings from "Students and Information Technology, 2005: Convenience, Connection, Control and Learning. (ECAR: Educause Center for Applied Research)

While learning may not be the primary benefit of technology use in courses...

  • 64.1% of students perceive that technology used in courses improves learning
  • 28.8% remain neutral
  • 7.0% disagree or strongly disagree

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Is there an increase in wireless classrooms?

Across all sectors, the 2005 data suggest that wireless services are available in more than two-fifths of college classrooms, up from a third (35.5 percent) in 2004. By sector, the proportion of wireless classroom ranges from 26.8 percent in community colleges (a gain from 24.8 percent last year) to 53.8 percent in private research universities (up from 47.4 percent in 2004). (2005 Campus Computing Project, Casey Green)

What is the importance of curriculum related to information technology?

A major finding of the 2005 ECAR student on student use of technology is that students with the highest level of IT skills acquired many of these skills as a result of course (or program) requirements. Curricula are becoming increasingly IT-sensitive, as professional societies and government redefine competencies required of some professions. Such mandates will likely lead to a requirement to develop clear and explicit policies on the role of IT in courses and in the curriculum.