Educator Louise Losos, PhD, EdS, has worked in public schools for more than two decades, most recently as principal of Clayton High School in St. Louis, Missouri. During her tenure at Clayton High, which Newsweek ranked as the top school in the state, she implemented critical programs and improvements. Among her achievements, Louise Losos facilitated the construction of a three-story science and technology addition for the school.

In the 21st century, technology has become ubiquitous in the lives of both adults and children. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the home, where computers and other Internet-enabled devices are most prevalent. Businesses often feature similar levels of connectivity, as do institutions of higher learning. However, many primary and secondary school environments have not kept pace with the growth and development of computer and communications technology.

Numerous studies have shown that technology, when properly and thoroughly integrated into the classroom, improves students’ learning processes and better prepares them for life outside of school. Curriculum-appropriate technologies empower students by providing them with better access to lessons and related materials, and extending their learning beyond the confines of the school building. Additional research suggests that technology-based curriculums help reduce dropout rates while supporting student development and achievement across multiple subject areas, including math, science, and reading.