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One of the blatant results of the technology explosion in the EASD has been the realization that students need more than the traditional classroom experience. Today’s students are different than students 15-20  years ago. As a result, they, at times, feel disconnected from schools that were designed for another generation. For many students, the school experience is impersonal and irrelevant to their real-world struggles. Once students become disengaged from learning, they greatly increase their chances for dropping out. Like it or not, we cannot ignore that we are dealing with the digital student. This “digitalness” has been nurtured and enabled from a very young age. From Nintendo, MTV, email, Instant Messenger, cell phones, text messaging, blogging, and more, this digital generation takes in and responds to rapidly transmitted sights and sounds.  These digital natives are multitaskers, hyper-communicators, and goal oriented.   Digital natives have a hard time staying positive about school. Students of this generation seem to be born with the need to be empowered and engaged in the learning and want to take responsibility for it. Our challenge as educators is to bridge this digital gap.

 Articles and Research

Visit the links below and learn more successful technology initiatives
across the nation and the educational impact that a larger initiative could
bring to Easton.

Apple Video Profiles
See how schools and universities are using Apple technology to prepare students for the changing world.
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow - Today
 Laptops for Learning Task Force
Report assessing the use of laptop computers in all learning environments
 Andover Comparison Study

Laptop carts versus one to one initiative
 Global Awareness and Education

America’s Test for the 21st Century

 Anywhere Anytime Learning

Searchable database of one to one information
A Computer on Every Desk

Letter to US Secretary of Education
 National Educational Technology Plan

US Department of Education
 Home Access and the Digital Divide

Analysis of Maine take home initiative
 Maine Laptop Initiative Update

10 years after laptops come to Maine schools, educators say technology levels playing field for students