Eliminating the digital divide and ensuring that all students reach technology literacy by the end of 8th grade are also key goals of the legislation. The state must show evidence of ongoing technology integration into all schools’ curriculum. Although the legislation does not mandate an assessment, the Florida Department of Education has elected to show leadership and support development of a tool that can help with evaluating student technology literacy. Once the tool has been developed, Department leadership and district staff will have opportunities to review the resource and determine if it can meet specific needs.
The NCLB goal for complete technology integration in the curriculum reiterates the same requirements business and industry have begun to expect from employees. The widespread use of technology throughout the workplace has made it clear that our school students must be fully equipped to utilize these resources during their education in order to increase productivity now and prepare for the future in the work force. With the integration of technology into classrooms and lessons, students must be able to use technology as a tool to assist them in learning.