Technology is becoming more and more integrated into every aspect of our lives. If we fall behind the curve in our schools we are doing a disservice to our students who will have to function in a technological future. Just look at predictions for ways technology will effect us in the future and you can see that students will need to become comfortable with technology to keep pace with changes after graduation.
We are also seeing a shift in the way kids percieve the world, and technology is a big part of that. This is not a negative trend, in fact this is the force that will insure innovation. We are experiencing a shift in culture similar to the one brought about by the industrial revolution and if our kids aren't prepared it will be a cruel world for them.
Of course our underserved communities are at greater risk, so it is particularly important to provide tech resources to urban schools. If we aren't focused on equity in technology education now, we are setting ourselves up for increasing inequity in the future.