Technology for the Whole Child

Many of today’s teachers seem to integrate technology seamlessly into their classroom instruction, creating lessons that engage students with content in ways that stimulate higher order thinking and collaboration.  Other teachers feel overwhelmed with the demands to use technology in their classrooms or are dismissive of technology strategies that appear to be just an electronic pencil.  Dr. Gerstein has an interesting twist on implementing technology by linking it to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  She proposes ways that technology can be used beyond meeting the cognitive or academic needs of students alone and aligns several suggestions and accompanying resource links to other social-emotional needs of students. Although Maslow designed his hierarchy with ascending levels of needs and premised that lower needs must be met in order to become eventually a self-actualized person, the technology suggestions do not rest upon each other in such a hierarchy.  The premise of her article of using technology in the classroom to meet not only academic but social and emotional needs is a great resource for teachers looking for a way and a reason to expand their technology implementation in the classroom.


Addressing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with Technology