Technology Use in Rural and Urban Schools: Challenges and Opportunities in the Midwest
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Abstract: This article examines the availability, use, and integration of educational technologies in rural schools versus technology in urban schools in a USA Midwestern state. Data was gathered through interviews with Midwestern rural and urban schools. School administrators were excited about implementing technology in the classroom but acknowledged a variety of problems ranging from insufficient funding to unwilling teachers. Though several significant differences were noted among availability and training opportunities, much of the data was similar between rural and urban schools. The key similarity found was the passion of educators, administrators, and specialists for the engagement and the individual learning opportunities that implementation of technology in the classroom creates.