Teaching students computer literacy through daily use is important for encouraging children to enter STEM fields and delivering lessons tailored to each person's individual needs. Web 2.0 applications encourage students to express themselves and interact with their peers, focusing on the process of building connections rather than the memorization of facts. Computers in the classroom also hone typing and other word processing skills for the workplace.
Social media and technology have changed how students learn and interact with each other, so it's essential for teachers to adapt. Once students are able to master basic computer skills, they can close the learning gap between the overachievers and the stragglers. Using computers forces students to work interactively by manipulating tools or thinking out solutions and, in the process, engage in learning.
However, students in rural communities face additional challenges. In the classroom, Netbooks, iPads and high-speed Internet access are abundant, but many homes lack the same level of connectivity, rendering certain projects impossible. The low population density and high cost prevent telecommunication companies from focusing their efforts in these areas. However, nonprofit organization Rural School and Community Trust's Center for Midwestern Initiatives argues that this reason is precisely why it is more important to keep students connected.