ERIC Number: ED297698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-14
Excellence in Our Schools: Differences That Count.
Senese, Donald J.
America is changing from an industrial age to an information age wherein a premium is placed on the rapid acquisition, assimilation, and use of knowledge. Instructional technology offers the field of education an unprecedented opportunity to emphasize learning, increase teacher productivity and make more effective schools. Educators must face the reality that educational reform and technology are going to require a new way of looking at teachers, the teaching profession, and instructional methods. It is going to require a rethinking of the structure of the educational system to include more instruction outside the traditional four wall classroom, allowing more education in the home and in community centers. Computers will be able to assist in remedial work and higher skill work, and in record keeping and monitoring of student progress which will free the teacher for other tasks. Technology will require a higher level of skills of teachers; they will need to know the tools (e.g., microcomputers, videodiscs, cable television and slow scan television) and how to use these tools effectively for such tasks as remedial work, building word vocabulary, or tutoring possibilities. Technology must be integrated into the educational program, and its use for both technological goals and educational goals must be maximized. This will require making necessary changes and adjustments to improve the current model or make a new one. Finally, educators need to be opportunity oriented, not problem prone, in focusing on technology in education. The result will be a more productive, more efficient and more effective educational system delivering learning to all areas of the population. (DJR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Microcomputers, Role of Education, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Videodisks
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Regional Conference of the Secondary School Recognition Program (Columbia, SC, May 14, 1984).