Digital Technology Equipment for Schools

Digital technology has the potential to transform education. Students and teachers can create content in new forms, teachers can communicate with colleagues around the world and students can access expert information immediately and from multiple sources. Digital technology engages students and makes their work more relevant by allowing them to place it in real-life contexts. As prices for digital technology continue to drop, the implementation of multiple forms of digital educational technology will become commonplace.

  1. Laptops

    • Laptops are ideal for integrating technology into the curriculum. They allow teachers to bring technology into the classroom so that it can be used on a daily basis in all subjects. The use of laptops means that students can access simulations, do research and engage in online live dialogues with students from around the world without being tied to a computer lab. Some schools allow student use of their personal laptops in school. Mobile laptop carts are a requirement for a laptop program because they help keep the batteries charged.

    Digital Cameras

    • Digital cameras have multiple uses in a school. Teachers and students can take photographs of school events like plays, science fairs and sports events. They can access these photos instantly and upload them to computers or the Internet as well as print them out for other uses. Digital photographs can be used on websites, blogs and social networking sites. Digital cameras can be used across the curriculum for subjects from Language Arts to Math.

    Interactive Whiteboards

    • Interactive whiteboards allow teachers to project material from a computer onto the board. A teacher or student can control the computer from the interactive whiteboard during instruction or presentations. Most interactive whiteboards come with some proprietary software, but there is a wealth of free software available on the Internet. Teachers can record board work for later use, and students who are absent can access this later either from school or home. Other uses of interactive whiteboards are using websites for whole class instruction, teaching students how to use new software, playing online games, watching movies, sharing projects and using interactive software like maps and simulations.


    • Students can use camcorders to create movies that illustrate concepts with multimedia examples, to serve as instructional tools and to document science experiments. Music teachers can film student performances and use the instant feedback as a teaching tool; students can see their strengths and weaknesses while the performance is still fresh in their minds.

    Wireless Connectivity

    • The Internet is a valuable tool in education; wireless connectivity takes the use of the Internet to new levels. Wireless connectivity allows students to learn anywhere/anytime. For example, teachers can take a biology class outside, have students take photographs of an ecosystem, upload the photographs to their laptops and then access the Internet to look for information on the ecosystem that they just photographed. Wireless technology also allows students to use devices like PDAs and cell phones to share information.

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