ERIC Number: ED411769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Creating a Learning Society: Initiatives for Education and Technology. A Report of The Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society.
Garmer, Amy Korzick; Firestone, Charles M.
The Aspen Institute's Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS) is a group of chief executive officers or their equivalents from business, government and the nonprofit sector who meet annually to suggest innovative ways that business, government, and the nonprofit sector can collaborate to use communications and information goods and services for the betterment of society. This report incorporates the work of FOCAS members and their representatives to address specific issues of technology in the K-12 classroom, as well as broader issues of lifelong learning and technology outside the classroom. In particular, the report offers a range of initiatives for overcoming the barriers to funding the implementation of technology in schools and training teachers how to integrate technology in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on the creation of incentives for students and educators to use technology to enhance learning. The body of the report is divided into three main sections. The first section discusses learning and technology; the changing paradigm for learning; the challenge of universal access; the potential of educational technology; technology needs of American schools; barriers to equitable access; and the need for collaboration. The second section focuses on promoting equitable access to technology in the classroom; critical issues of funding; networking the classroom; creating a responsive local technology demand and delivery system; teacher support and training; and promoting public support. The third section discusses technology and learning outside the classroom; the need for a new learning environment; barriers to lifelong learning; public attitudes toward education/learning; the role of technology; developing community-based resources for learning; and building a society that values lifelong learning. Appendices include Societal Goals Working Group Report, FOCAS representatives and resources, and the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Programs, Educational Development, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Information Services, Instructional Innovation, Lifelong Learning, Professional Development, Technology Integration
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Queenstown, MD.
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