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ERIC Number: ED401882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Technology in the Elementary Curriculum.
Ediger, Marlow
Technology is used in all facets of society, and elementary schools should not lag behind in preparing the elementary school pupil of today for tomorrow's technology-infused workplace. Technology should capture student interests and learning activities should be fascinating and should engage student interaction. Technology may also assist learners to perceive purpose in learning and help students to attach meaning to ongoing study. Computer programs should encourage students to perceive knowledge as being related, not in isolated bits. The use of technology such as videotapes and software programs can help students relate knowledge inductively and thus retain content for a longer duration of time. Educational technology can help encourage acceptance of cultural diversity and it can guide students in developing wholesome attitudes toward learning. There are selected philosophies that teachers need to understand and use in their instructional environments. One such philosophy is experiementalism, in which change is a key concept. With change, new problems that require solving arise. There are numerous computer programs that are excellent for students to use to develop problem solving skills. There are also programs which support an idealist philosophy, which states that we receive ideas only, not experiences. An educational philosophy focusing on existentialism would stress student feelings about the instructional material and encourage student decision making. Realists are strong advocates of individuals knowing in whole or in part what the real world is like; their model comes from the world of science and mathematics. Teachers need to be leaders in curriculum development and school administrators also perceive the necessity of implementing technology in the classroom. Goals, plans, and budgets should be developed to use technology to its fullest. (Contains 12 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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