ERIC Number: ED411359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Teaching with Technology: Exemplary Teachers. Research Brief #6.
Practices of teachers who use educational technology effectively are reviewed. The difference between the classrooms of exemplary users of technology and low technology users is in the way their classes are conducted. In exemplary classrooms, student use of learning technologies is woven integrally into the patterns of teaching even though technology-using teachers can use resources in different ways, such as drill and practice, simulations, problem-solving activities, and productivity tools. For the majority of teachers, integrating use of computers into the curriculum remains a practice at the cutting edge, since several studies indicate that exemplary technology users are but 5% of the teaching population. Integrating technology into the learning process takes a great deal of effort by the teacher, but teachers can be encouraged to adopt innovations in light of their own goals, the culture of the school community, and their own interpretations of the information they receive about new approaches. Most teachers cannot integrate computers into their classes without support. They need examples of computer use and training in computer techniques. As a result, exemplary computer-using teachers are likely to be found in districts that provide support for teacher learning and where leadership is concerned about equity of access. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.