INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THECURRICULUM
ByMichael D. King
For more than two centuries, schools have used printed papermaterials such as textbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias to educatestudents, but today learning resources are reaching a limitless realm. Virtuallearning and Literacy 2.0 has introduced a plethora of new teachingopportunities for educators: multi-media presentations, computers,telecommunication resources and web-based lessons and units.With emerging technological resources, students also face newchallenges and opportunities. Today's world demands that students learnhow to access, manage, apply, and evaluate rapidly growing banks of information. This newly developed technology-based learning must providestudents with a wide range of expanded opportunities from the basics to thecomplex. The school’s technology curriculum should address digitalstorytelling and computer ethics as well as word processing, database use,graphics, and data analysis. It must give students experience in socialnetworking as well as accessing and organizing information for future use. Inorder to meet these objectives, teachers should begin to build units of studythat merge traditional learning with virtual learning. The lessons and units developed will be integrated into all areas of thecurriculum, not just computer, business or technology classes. The process of blending traditional internal content with the external virtual learning worldwill require all members of the staff to develop technology-based learningunits. The school’s teachers will be vital partners in curriculum developmentas teams of teachers are selected in the development of at least onetechnology-based learning unit.