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"Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology"

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"Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology"

The Benefits & Barriers of a Digital Revolution in Our Schools

The Technology Enthusiasts
The way we *think* is changing and we *need* digital technology to prepare successful students in the 21st Century workplace.
THE BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION
"JUST-IN-TIME LEARNING": whenever you need to know something in order to accomplish a task, you can find out what you nee to know.
CUSTOMIZATION: Educators can easily customize learning based on interests and likes of students
LEARNER CONTROL: A shift from "teacher control" to "student control"- students control more of what they learn and how much time they spend learning it
INTERACTION: Technology can give immediate feedback and interactivity can be very engaging.
SCAFFOLDING: Technology can provide support for learners engaged in difficult tasks. Computer tutors could support learning at whatever level students need
GAMES & SIMULATION: Can make learning more engaging and simulations apply lessons & concepts
MULTIMEDIA: Integrating print, video, and audio address a variety of learning styles
PUBLICATION: Students are able to share their work outside the confines of a classroom
REFLECTION: Technologies track student work making looking back at performance much more feasible
The Technology Skeptics' Argument
While information technology can adapt to meeting a variety of learning needs, this flexibility can create tools that work against the movement toward the more learner-centered focus in schools
THE BARRIERS OF TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS

COST & ACCESS: Schools have a difficult time upgrading software, maintaining devices and keeping up with security needs
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Computers make it difficult to maintain the quiet learning environment that teachers and administrators have come to expect
WHAT COMPUTERS CAN'T TEACH: Computers, although they disperse content and knowledge, CANNOT inspire, challenge or encourage students
AUTHORITY & TEACHING: Computers and technology can dilute the authority that teachers have in the classroom
ASSESSMENT: Emphasis on high-stakes accountability and standardized testing constrain how computers might be able to change learning
Resolution
"For education to embrace both the equity and development of our students, our leaders will have to stretch their traditional practices to embrace the capacity of new information technologies. This will require schools and teachers to forfeit some control over the learning process. Technology leaders need to work together with educators in creating new opportunities to learn. We will all have to work together to bring about the political changes necessary to make educational resources available to every school, educator and student"
(Collins & Halverson, 2009, p. 146)
References
Collins, A. & Halverson, R. (2009) Rethinking Education ins the Age of Technology. New York: Teachers College Press
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