The new trend in K-12 classrooms is to integrate technology as a means of learning. As we approach a world where technology is used for everyday tasks, knowing how to properly use it and understand its inner-workings is essential. Millennials and Gen Z are the driving forces behind technology, so it’s important to educate the upcoming generations on how to live in the digital age. Introducing them to technology that supplements fun with learning has endless upside. Below are 65 reasons why students need technology in the classroom.

  1. Using phones and apps in the classroom can help kids prepare for the real world
  2. Connects students of all learning styles
  3. It encourages collaboration with classmates and teachers
  4. Helps students learn how to use technology safely and ethically
  5. Allows students to experience the world through a screen
  6. Introducing new technology in the classroom exemplifies real life situations
  7. Students have access to up-to-date information
  8. The teacher can move away from instructor and towards encourager/coach
  9. Gives students the opportunity to learn responsibility by taking care of personal or school owned devices
  10. Expands on opportunities that the students will have after schooling
  11. Prepares students for the workforce
  12. Adds fun to conventional learning
  13. Students can learn independence from the teacher
  14. Technology allows them to learn about whatever topic they desire
  15. Discover truths about stories and events
  16. Understand other peoples perspectives on topics
  17. Students love to use technology outside of the classroom, so why ask them to unplug during the day?
  18. Technology gives kids quick feedback
  19. Technology provides every student with an equal playing field, it’s their quality of work that makes them stand out, not how they’re viewed socially
  20. Students can learn at their own pace
  21. Technology helps students retain information better
  22. Encourages active learning rather than simply absorbing and memorizing material
  23. Allows students to measure their individual growth
  24. Kids are already digital natives
  25. There are no limitations when it comes to technology
  26. It can help close the gender gap in computer related occupations
  27. Technology can strengthen the relationship between student and teacher
  28. Testing has moved to online, so learning on the platform is a good way to adapt
  29. Understanding how to use technology is essential for success outside of school
  30. Students take notes on laptops now
  31. Students read books on tablets or the internet
  32. Personal technology can help with student organization
  33. Instructors can personalize the learning experience through tech platforms
  34. Students prefer to learn through technology
  35. The new trend is blended-learning
  36. Technology can reinforce the teachers original lesson
  37. Technology tools and toys are improving drastically
  38. Utilizing technology can be a cost-effective way to teach
  39. The classroom becomes an exciting place when technology is present
  40. The use of technology would increase student participation
  41. Technology makes subjects easier to learn
  42. Technology can improve students writing skills with instant feedback on spelling, grammar, etc.
  43. Encourages healthy competition amongst peers
  44. Through technology, students can connect to anyone around the world
  45. Getting rid of books will be more convenient when it comes to carrying around backpacks
  46. Schools can get access to data much easier via the web than ordering books or other physical learning tools
  47. Technology in the classroom increases decision making skills
  48. The use of technology across the classroom breaks the stereotype of “geeks” knowing about computer software
  49. The use of technology helps increase problem solving skills
  50. Technology allows for different experiments within the classrooms
  51. There are countless resources to aid with technology driven learning
  52. Technology can automate tedious tasks that don’t add to learning
  53. Students will learn to differentiate reliable from unreliable sources of information
  54. Students will learn to write a proper email early on
  55. Technology aids in presentation making, so students can get comfortable with public speaking
  56. Technology empowers students
  57. If they’re going to use computers at home, teaching proper internet etiquette early is important
  58. Coding is said to be the language of the future
  59. Student projects can be more intricate and meaningful
  60. Learning can continue outside of the classroom
  61. Technology gives students tools for unique self-expression
  62. Majority of the white collared workforce has a background in technology or computer use
  63. Technology gives students the tools to boost self-confidence
  64. Creativity is encouraged through technology whether is has to do with design or coding
  65. Technology makes it easier to bring real-world problems into the classroom

Many have cited the expense of integrating technology into classrooms across the globe to be unfeasible. While there is an initial cost, books and physical learning tools are becoming obsolete. Technology should be seen as an investment in the educational experience as well as the students’ futures.