ERIC Number: ED086246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Educational Technology.
Neben, Michael D.
Technology, the systematic application of organized knowledge to practical tasks, has much to offer education, but a great deal must be done to realize this potential. Over $1.2 billion has been invested in technology by the United States Office of Education in the last decade alone, but educational technology is still in its adolescence; for example, audiovisual materials are still regarded as peripheral, hardware development outstrips that of software, and the learning industry is still oriented to products rather than clients and learning processes. Technology can make education more productive, immediate, individualized and scientific, but several obstacles must be overcome. These include the inertia and resistance of educators, legal and contractual barriers, public skepticism toward technology's benefits, the lack of software, high costs, and the tendency to identify technological concerns as the responsibility of lower-echelon personnel. To meet these challenges, educators must reexamine their basic goals and institutional structures, disseminate the benefits of technological procedures, and commit themselves to technological change. In the course of so doing they should focus upon specific instructional problems, regard technology as central and integral tools, and search for new and vital ways of solving problems. (PB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the New York State Educational Communications Association Annual Convention (Grossinger's, N.Y., November 8, 1973)