Teachers contemplating the above set of issues might well ask themselves whether their involvement with technology will be worth the trouble. The response from thousands of teachers who have tried it would be a resounding "yes!" Teachers involved in the kinds of activities described in this chapter and the preceding one typically find a new sense of mission and professionalism. They stick with technology, despite the growing pains it causes, because they sense that their students are learning more and approaching their classroom activities with a heightened level of motivation. Moreover, the new skills that the teachers themselves acquire, and the satisfaction of facing a challenge and overcoming it, add to teachers sense of professional growth.
Although technology poses many challenges for teachers, it also provides powerful tools for supporting the teacher's work. New software makes developing and modifying technology-based materials easier (although there is still much room for improvement). Technology provides a capability to store and manipulate both the products of student work and teacher evaluations. Finally, technology is making it possible for teachers to break out of their traditional isolation, communicating with outside content experts and their peers about the instructional content and pedagogical issues that are the heart of their work, and communicating with parents about expectations, activities, assignments, and student progress.
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