ERIC Number: ED415853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Technology in Education. PREL Briefing Paper.
For many schools in Hawaii and the Pacific, the increase of technology is a priority. A plan to improve instruction through the use of technology must be based on objectives pointing to improvement in student performance, rather than solely the acquisition of technology. The content of the curriculum needs to be developed first, with the best strategies and methods to improve teaching and learning considered later. Educators must examine why they are utilizing technology. Technology can be used for: accessing information, creating products and learning environments where teachers facilitate students' tackling of real problems, storing archives, and communicating through local and wide area networks. New technologies can help transform schools, but only if the technologies are used to support new models of teaching and learning. Distinct changes must occur in the classroom for technology to be integrated into instruction. These changes include: the switch from teacher-centered to student-centered activities; from whole class to small-group instruction; from structured to exploratory, open-ended learning; from competitive to cooperative work including group problem solving; and from classroom to whole-world interaction, using issues and case studies that require an interdisciplinary awareness and multiple resources. Issues and questions that decision-makers must consider include: how technology can be used to support existing goals, priorities, and direction; improve information management systems; change curriculum and instruction; change teacher and student roles; implications for equal access to technology and professional development; and the need to help teachers integrate technology into their instruction. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Microcomputers, Small Group Instruction, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Educational Objectives, Student Role, Teacher Role, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii