Technology in Education; Where it has been, Where it is now, and Where it is Going

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“Technology in Education; Where it has been, Where it is now, and Where it is Going” “Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other. And we need them all” (Re-inventing 1995). These words spoken by the distinguished author, Arthur C. Clarke, bring to light where exactly the technological situation in education is and the direction it is going. The discussion and debate of introducing and improving classrooms with technology has been a relatively heated topic as of late. Many have even claimed that if schools are to survive it is imperative for us to stand back and carefully rethink our notions of intelligence, learning, instruction, and evaluate the situation in light of the new age of communication. In discussing the use of technology in education a distinction needs to be made between itself and ‘tech ed’. The common definition of technology education is that it is an action based program for all students to use resources to design, produce, use, and assess the impacts of products and services that extend human potential to improve and control the natural and human made development (Patterson 1999). While these skills and practices are integrated into using technology in education it does not fully explain or utilize what is needed to provide affective technology in the classroom. A mission of this program is to help students apply technology to effectively make decisions and contribute to a rapidly changing technological society. But more than that, the purpose is to give students the best possible education for their generation with the suppli... ... middle of paper ... ...y. http://education.indiana.edu/keyfrick.html Jackson, Lorrie, (n.d). Teaching and learning about technology. (2005. May 9), Education World. http://educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech219.shtml Kaplan, Erez, (n.d.). Calculating Machines. (2005. May 7), http://www.webcom.com/calc/calculatingmachines Patterson, Jason, (n.d.). The history of computers during my lifetime. (2005. May 9), http://pattosoft.comau/jason/Articles/HistoryofComputers/index.html Re-inventing schools, the technology age is now. (2005. May 9), National Academy of Sciences. http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/techgap/index.html Schrum, Lynne, (n.d). Technology in the classroom: asking the right questions. (2005. May 8), http://www.enc.org/topics/edtech/context/document.shtm?input=FOC-000694-index Whelan, Debra Lau. (2005) Let the games begin: School Library Journal, 51, 40-44.
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