Essay on Technology Past and Present

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Technology Past and Present Abstract Computers are in most schools in the United States. Most states have addressed the need to adopt technology standards in curriculum. As the spotlight focuses on technology integration and academic achievement, school districts are focusing on staff development as an integral part of the technology integration process. The role of computers in the classroom has changed from a support tool for basic skills and content using tutorial and remediation practice to an integral part of the instructional process. More households now have computers and Internet access and most parents believe the computer is an important tool in a child’s education. The Internet provides a wealth of information,…show more content…
As a result of these research approaches, the data has shown that technology is used more than 50% of the time for instruction in schools. In a two-year study, Bell South Corporation, Kodak, and the Educational Testing Service sponsored a telephone and online survey of U.S. households to determine computer ownership and patterns of children’s Internet use. More than 5,623 parents and children, ages ranging from two to 17 years of age were involved in the survey. The findings bear significant implications for the educational community (see Table 1). Data from the survey illustrate the rise in use and access to the Internet. Children’s use for the Internet includes surfing, instant messaging, e-mailing, games, downloading and exchanging music and education. In 2003, “one in five children log onto the Internet at home every day for educational purposes.” Grunwald Associates, (2003). Teenagers were found to spend more time per day on the Internet (3.5 hours) than watching television (3.1 hours). Eighty-one percent of the parents surveyed value the Internet as an essential element in their child’s education. This has not always been the case. The computer was introduced in the educational environment during the 1970’s and usage in the early stages focused on teaching basic skills and content. The computer was used for tutorial and remediation as a
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