Technology and Change
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Exploring the History of Technology
So when did technology begin? The question is a more difficult to answer than you may think. We all assume that even the experts always had a vision in mind to incorporate technology into the everyday lives of ordinary individuals. Take a look at the following quotes from well-known, experienced experts (quoted in NSBA's, Leadership and Technology, taken from Cerf, C. and Navasky, V. (1984). The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation. New York: Panteon Books):
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
"But what . . . is it good for?"
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
"I watched his face (Samuel F.B. Morse) closely to see if he was not deranged, and was assured by other Senators as we left the room that they had no confidence in it either."
"Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit their voices over wires, and even if it were possible, the thing would not have practical value."
"Radio has no future."
"The radio craze will die out in time."
"There's a lunatic in the lobby who says he's invented a device for transmitting pictures over the air. Be careful, he may have a razor on him."
Just what the future holds is often difficult to predict, but technology has been especially difficult to predict. Often, technology has been underestimated in terms of its impact. The following two locations will provide you further information on Computer Use in the United States:
Exploring Technology in Society
We are facing a time of "information evolution". The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program issued the following ways new information technologies are spurring complex patterns of change:
The Information Superhighway
Take a look at the following statistics that were included in an amended report to America's Children and The Information Superhighway: An Update to The Children's Partnership, May 1996.
Technology Transforming Lives
Videos which show how technology may transform our lives in the next 30 years, especially in education are available at: http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/cn111896.htm
Exploring Technology Changes in Education
Factors Facilitating Technology-Supported Education Change
What Is Being Said About School Reform
"[Bringing technology to education] is a slow, but steady revolution. Each decision by a school board, each act of support by a principals, and each initiative by a teacher is changing the nature of schools."
"This is not a reform hatched in universities or think tanks and handed on to schools to implement."(above qutoed from Howard Mellinger
"No setting has appeared more impervious to external reform than the classroom, especially when it comes to changing methods of instructions "
"The point is that progressive ideas for dramatically changing the nature of teaching consistently fail because they dont win a loyal constituency where the need to in the classrooms."
" when launched from outside the system, movements to redefine how teachers teach are severely hobbled."
The above references quoted from Howard Mehlinger, "School Reform in the Information Age" (Kappan, February 1996).
Personal Technology Inventory
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