Technology and Education Essay

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Technology and Education

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines technology as "the science of the practical or industrial arts." In the context of using technology in schools this generally refers to the use of computers and computer technology as tools and aids to help teachers teach and students learn. What technology is has changed significantly over the years. In the early 1800’s the chalkboard was new technology in schools. For today’s new technology we have interactive multimedia presentations. Today’s teacher faces the same dilemma as the teacher at the turn of the nineteenth century; what do I do with the new technology?

How can technology increase learning?

One way that technology can help to students learn is that it
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There are many different technological tools available to help disabled students be involved and interact in the classroom, as well as learn at their own pace using computer assistance tools. These tools help the teacher by making it easier to communicate with the student and help the student by helping them fit in and learn at a similar pace as the rest of the class.

What types of technology are available to teachers?

The technology available to teachers varies greatly from one school district to another. This is one area where the amount of funding available has an enormous impact. In poorly funded school districts the teachers and students may be lucky to have a personal computer available that is connected to the Internet. On the other hand, private schools or school systems located in affluent areas may have Internet connected personal computers for each teacher and student. Ideally, all teachers and students would have available all of the technological tools that they need to prepare them for the future.

Teachers have several tools available to help them do their job more efficiently. They can use tools from simple spreadsheets to complex databases to track and help evaluate student performance. These tools can make it easier for teachers to spot students who need more personal attention or who may be candidates for acceleration. Any tool

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