Technology's Impact on Education Practices
Investing in technology will impact administration, students and teachers, and the community.
|How can the administration use technology?|
|How will students and teachers be impacted with the implementation of new technology?|
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow
ACOT summary of impact on teachers:
|Activity||Traditional Instruction Teacher-centered and Didactic||Extended Instruction (Knowledge Construction) Learner-centered and Interactive|
|Teacher role||Fact teller and expert||Collaborator and learner|
|Student Role||Listener and learner||Collaborator and sometimes expert|
|Learning emphasis||Facts and replication||Relationships and inquiry|
|Concept of knowledge||Accumulation||Transformation|
|Demonstration of success||Quantity||Quality|
|Assessment||Norm-referenced and multiple guess||Criterion-referenced and performance portfolios|
|Technology use||Seat work||Communication, collaboration, information access, and expression|
In SRI Report (page 2) it was found that when the discrete skills approach is discarded and students are given tasks that are meaningful and challenging to them (e.g., describe your city through an exhibit for museum visitors), the result will be working on basic and advanced skills together (e.g., preparing displays will require attention to both high-level issues of content and design and the basic skills of writing mechanics). It will also usually involve doing multidisciplinary work (e.g., describing the city means assembling geographic and historical information as well as practicing composition skills). Such authentic tasks not only bread with the convention of holding off on work involving advanced skills until mastery of basic skills has been demonstrated but also transcend the traditional disciplinary boundaries that are used to break up the typical school day into short segments. The greater complexity of such tasks puts pressure on the convention of small blocks of time for individual activities. Serious intellectual activity requires more than 50 minutes of concentrated attention.
Technology offers the opportunity to change the roles that teachers and students have traditionally played. With technology dispensing information, teachers are free to coach and facilitate students learning. With technology monitoring learning, students can become active learners, working to effectively acquire new skills as they solve problems. If the goal of creating high-performance learning organizations is to be realized, the reinvention of American education has to incorporate these new tools."
Frank Paul Elementary School, Salinas, CA; The Open School, Los Angeles Unified School District
Effects of Technology on Teaching and Learning
Impact in Schools Beau Fly Jones and others, "Designing Learning and Technology for Educational Reform" (OERI, 1994)
|What will the community get out of technology changes?|
Benefits to Educational Practices:
"New technologies provide the potential for drawing the policymakers themselves, information resources, and all other components of the system 'toward a politics of collaboration.'"
"Computers and telecommunication systems are driving changes in how we manage educational organizations, how we teach, and how our students learn."
"Technology: Equity is addressed by an increase in state and local funding, school-business partnerships, development of tech-based community learning centers."
"Technology-rich classrooms are most successful when advanced technologies are linked with advanced teaching strategies; such as cooperative learning, thinking skills, guided inquiry, and thematic teaching."
In this section:
|Technology and Society||Technology and Education||Technology Uses in Education|
In the Toolkit:
|Toolkit Home Page||Why Change?||Why Technology?|
|Planning||Policy||Curriculum and Assessment|
|Community Involvement||Facility Planning||Funding|
|Prof'l and Ldrship Development|