The strategy of involving communities in the technology implementation and educational goals of their schools helps improve student learning and motivation. The Panel on Educational Technology (1997) states:
"There is also a growing consensus that technology should be applied in such a way as to foster broader communitywide involvement in the educational process. The linking of elementary and secondary schools with research universities, public libraries, and private companies, for example, could make valuable educational resources available to both students and teachers while simultaneously building awareness within each community of the needs of its local schools. 'Real-world' projects initiated by outside organizations often generate considerable enthusiasm among students and frequently prove effective from an educational perspective."