Technology Change Learning? Teachers Are The Ones With The Answer,
New Book Says
9, 1999 -- Computers are staples in classrooms nationwide.
But does technology improve the quality of education children receive?
Technology Really Change Education?" examines how the computer and
new technologies are being used in K-12 classrooms and in teacher-preparation
programs at colleges and universities. Authors Todd W. Kent, an
associate director of the teacher-preparation program at Princeton
University, and Robert F. McNergney, a professor at the University
of Virginia's Curry
School of Education, say that ultimately teachers will be the
ones who determine how extensively computers will be used in classroom
can influence and change interactions between teachers and students,
say the authors in their book commissioned by the American Association
of Colleges for Teacher Education and published by Corwin Press.
Technology can help teachers create greater individualized lesson
plans for students.
also offers unlimited potential for student-directed learning. Because
of this, some schools are considering giving students laptops instead
of textbooks, the authors say.
human knowledge continues a pattern of increasing specialization,
technology may be the only recourse for managing the rapid growth
of information," the authors write. "Technology could transform
the most basic tools used by teachers, and this transformation might
also create radically new types of learning environments."
a world of information, computers and new technologies may eventually
eliminate the need to have physical school facilities, some educators
say. Instead, education specialists would help guide students with
their self-directed searches. Similarly, some educators see the
need for institutions of higher education waning as individuals
increasingly turn to technology for information and training.
the authors contend that technology works best in environments where
teachers and faculty can help students learn technical and instructional
skills in context and where they can apply their learning to other
noting that technology delivers content and provides a forum for
the exchange of ideas, the authors emphasize that instructors are
essential for helping students understand the material.
teachers know that content represents only an opportunity for learning;
learning occurs when students engage in content," they write.
"As with every other technology that has emerged on the educational
landscape, ultimately the teacher will establish the value of the
computer in learning."
more information, contact Todd Kent at (609) 258-3336. Robert McNergney
is at (804) 924-0749 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857.