ERIC Number: ED425004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Dual-Use Technology: A Total Community Resource.
Degnan, Edward J.; Jacobs, John W.
This paper suggests that many large organizations seek technological solutions to compensate for reduced manpower and funding resources. One such organization, the U.S. Army, has compensated for resource reductions by focusing on integrating advanced technologies into the functional areas of training, acquisition, and test and evaluation. While there are some unique military aspects of the methodology, overall the application can work for any organization trying to incorporate technology into an educational or work environment. This paper discusses a systematic technology integration methodology taken from the military that was applied to communities to form an expanded learning environment. This method has proven to be a cost-effective way to initiate technology integration. In order to accomplish an effective technology integration effort, a three-phased approach was developed that is adaptable to a variety of communities and educational organizations. Key Phase I activities include early identification of available technology resources and working closely with change agents to assist them in developing a vision of how to use all available community resources. Resources can then be allocated so that they can support the overall community needs and goals. Within Phase II activities, developing a technology education program for all stakeholders is very important. This program should include a train-the-trainer component so that critical information can be transported to the various participant groups in a timely manner. Phase III involves incorporating various technology applications within the school system and targeted local community organizations. Currently, there are five communities that have been going through this process for varying lengths of time over the past 3 years. Through this technology integration methodology, an extended learning community can be created that provides a system for inclusion of all community members by maximizing the use of all available resources through dual use of those assets. An appendix contains a sample technology assessment survey. (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Families, Technology, and Education Conference (Chicago, IL, October 30-November 1, 1997); see PS 027 175.