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Issues in Technology

Speed and Change

Evolution of equipment very rapid

Faster, smaller, more effective components arrive daily

Prices lowering

"Dated" and "Obsolete" take new meaning

Impersonal World

Computer taking place of human voice

Voice mail

New telephone operator--your computer

Internet

E-mail

Video conferencing

Distance Learning

Information

Access available by Internet

Power shift?

Control of information flow--who?

Authenticity of information

Who monitors the Internet?

Money and Education

Cost of technology

Volume required

Speed equipment becomes obsolete

Software--out of control?

"How to stay up-to-date"?

Changing Old Habits

Instructional Strategies

Chalkboard or Computer

Change the classroom layout

Delivery of instruction--change?

Access

Schools

Community

Homes

Equity

National Standards

National Information Infrastructure

Goals 2000

E-rate

Proposed School Construction Initiative

Is it Worth it?

Difficult to:

Measure effectiveness

Isolate

Create an effective instrument to measure

Too new for wide audiences

Not integrated widely in education

Constant change makes effective evaluation a problem

Benefits

Report on Effectiveness of Technology in Schools

Significant positive results

Areas showing improvement

reading

writing

mathematics

science

programming languages

Active learning

Stimulating environment

Student involvement (hands-on)

Interactive

Benefits beyond academics

social awareness, self-confidence

independence, positive attitudes toward learning

willing to experiment, collaborators

positive orientation about the future

Critical thinking

Promotes higher order thinking skills

Encourage problem solving skills

Increases student inquiry and analytical skills

Individualization

Offers diversity

Self-paced learning

Small group and individual learning

Introduce computers

Decrease teacher-led (lecture) by 70%

Motivation

Makes learning exciting

Students experience more success

Increases student self-confidence

Apple computer study showed decrease in absenteeism in technology rich environment

Flexibility

Accommodates the special needs student discretely

Adaptive devices levels playing field for special needs students

Cooperative Learning

Can enhance and encourage cooperative learning

One Computer Classroom

Software is key

Communication Skills

Telecommunications

Writing skills

Multi-sensory Delivery

Presents to a variety of learning styles

Audio, video, and kinesthetic emphasized

Multicultural education

Expand classroom walls

World is classroom

E-mail

Allows personal contact with individuals in all parts of globe

Implementation--How?

Match your goals to technology

SOL

Curriculum driven

Get all stakeholders involved

Teachers and Administrators

Students

Parents

Partner

Community involvement

Donations--not just stuff

Be patient

Acquire in increments

Cope with simultaneous usage of several different generations of hardware and software

Be aware

Keep abreast of other school divisions

Model programs

Training

Train as technology arrives not before

Train not just programs but how to integrate in lessons

Train on what is in the schools

Focus on what they have not what want

Support "Peer Partnerships"

Coaching

Students as trainers

Tap student expertise

Encourage peer coaching among students

Seek the free or low cost

Download from Internet

Shareware

Freeware

Technical support

Teach troubleshooting

Teach independence

Keep abreast with innovation

Read journals, magazines

Research

Embrace change

Nothing replaces the human touch

Leave the old ways and learn the new and how to fit them into lessons

Teach individuals rather than groups of thirty

Flexibilityómust foster

Different platforms and versions abound

Must deal with the differences in computers

Must deal with the differences in software

Things to think about

Technology is not a cure-all for student success

Technology is not a luxury--it is a prerequisite for survival in the future

Technology is a tool which used effectively can revolutionize education

 
This page was updated on:  04/10/02