ERIC Number: ED394518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-4
Reference Count: N/A
Technology and Education Standards. Issue Brief.
National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
Computers, telecommunications, and interactive cable are among the many technologies that have immense potential to help schools reach higher standards. To realize this potential, policymakers and educators must coordinate technology purchases and uses with articulated learning standards and curriculum goals. Governors can play a valuable role in this process by helping to ensure that all schools have access to technology and use it to support high quality instruction. Studies on the use of technology for classroom instruction point to a range of benefits, including increases in student achievement levels. Technology also enables teachers to enrich student learning experiences by bringing the outside world into their classrooms and obtaining instructional resources that go beyond what a single school or district can provide. Voice mail, electronic mail, and video can increase parents' involvement in their children's education. Technology can provide educational equity by providing access for all schools to information and high-quality learning experiences. By facilitating communication, providing greater access to information, and saving time, administrative uses of technology can support school improvement and in some cases cut costs. State and district officials must plan for technology costs which go beyond one-time hardware and software expenditures. Financial support must come from reallocation of existing resources and from creative public-private partnerships. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Computers, Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Development, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Professional Development, School Districts, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.