ERIC Number: ED273246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Technologies of the Future.
Lipson, Joseph I.; Fisher, Kathleen M.
Education and Computing, v1 p11-23 1985
In the future, the requirements of industry will generate a wide range of hardware devices and software programs that will significantly alter and improve the quality of education. The driving forces behind the development of new technological devices include economics; emotional factors, e.g., the desire to develop aids for the handicapped; individual vision; international competition in military and other areas; and medicine, e.g., the development of computerized diagnostic systems based on artificial intelligence. Effective development requires an understanding of what is feasible, an interest in what is possible, and a vision of what is desirable. Successful competition in high technology requires managers who have technological understanding; business traditions and financial incentives that encourage long-range investments; a well-educated work force; committed engineers and scientists; and institutions that are organized and committed to research and development. There are many conditions that must be met if educational technology is to have a significant impact, including the allocation of resources for hardware and the development of educational software and courseware; training to use the new technologies effectively; and the development of authoring systems that are friendly, powerful, and affordable. Some new technological devices that will make important contributions to education include digital optical videodiscs; image and voice devices; flat resolution computer screens; and digital computer networks. Those societies that most effectively solve today's and tomorrow's problems will have citizens raised to new levels of educational attainment. These new levels of attainment will be accomplished with significant assistance from the new technologies. (DJS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).