By Sarah Kessler Don Knezek, the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, compares education without technology to the medical profession without technology. Despite these opportunities, adoption of technology by schools is still anything but ubiquitous. Knezek says that U.
Technology as a Tool to Support Instruction By Lynne Schrum This week, in an Education World "edu-torial," Lynne Schrum presents her personal perspective on the ways in which technology can enhance learning -- and calls on educators to take a leadership role in determining the ways in which technology is used to support educational goals.
Her research, teachings, and Education and technology focus on issues related to distance education, specifically online learning. Schrum also investigates the uses of technology in K environments and identifies ways to support educators in the effort.
It will make our students smarter -- and it will do it faster and cheaper than ever before. Moreover, the promise suggests, this miracle will occur almost by osmosis. We need only place a computer in a room, stand back, and watch the magic take place. If only life were that simple and learning that easy!
Those of us who remember the s, when computers were first making their way into our classrooms, probably also remember a great deal of bad software. As educators, we were unfamiliar with the technology and uncertain about its possibilities.
So we stepped back and let software developers, hardware vendors, and other technicians define not only what we could buy but also how those products would be used. In many ways, the technology drove the educational process. Its use in business and industry is both accepted and expected.
And pressure abounds -- from the federal government, from local school boards, and certainly from the popular press -- for educators to get on board and see to it that students become technologically skilled.
But is mere technological skill enough? Two points should be considered. First and foremost, educators want students to learn.
It is certainly not enough to tell educators that they need to use the boxes and wires that have invaded their schools simply because they are expensive or because students need to know how to use the latest widget. The real world is not broken down into discrete academic disciplines.
Technology lends itself to exploration. But before technology can be used effectively, exploration must be valued as important to both teaching and learning.
In such an environment, acquiring content changes from a static process to one of defining goals the learners wish to pursue. Students are active, rather than passive -- producing knowledge and presenting that knowledge in a variety of formats.
In such an environment, educators can encourage a diversity of outcomes rather than insisting on one right answer. They can evaluate learning in multiple ways, instead of relying predominately on traditional paper and pencil tests.
And perhaps most importantly, teachers and students can move from pursuing individual efforts to being part of learning teams, which may include students from all over the world. Of course, active learning is rarely a clean, neat process.
Students engaged in such a process can create busy, noisy, and messy classrooms. Activities and learning environments must be carefully guided and structured so learners are fully engaged in their learning.The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States.
The Plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.
Feb 04, · Technology is everywhere in education: Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 . National Education Technology Plan (NETP) The NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States.
The plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. Jan 19, · Education used to be simple: there was a blackboard, a teacher and desks in a classroom.
Today, a student can practice English online, upload homework through a portal and learn chemistry through. Technology as a Tool to Support Instruction By Lynne Schrum. This week, in an Education World "edu-torial," Lynne Schrum presents her personal perspective on the ways in which technology can enhance learning -- and calls on educators to take a leadership role in determining the ways in which technology is used to support educational goals.
World Bank partnerships related to technology use in education. The World Bank Group (WBG) maintains active partnerships with many like-minded organizations around the world to support research, knowledge-sharing, and initiatives related to technology use and innovation in education.