ERIC Number: ED427759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Last Silver Bullet? Technology for America's Public Schools.
Solmon, Lewis C.; Chirra, Kalyani R.
The purpose of this book is to introduce ideas, methods, and people that could be of assistance to those who will utilize educational technology in teaching and learning, especially to those whose responsibility it is to put in place the policies necessary to make this happen. Analogies comparing school technology to earlier massive national efforts to build America's infrastructure are offered. An introductory chapter presents a case for technology in schools; remaining chapters discuss various issues related to technology integration in K-12 schools. Several chapters include case studies for illustration. The chapters are as follows: (1) "Technology for American Schools"; (2) "Can a Few PCS Make Socialism Work?"; (3) "Economic Benefits of Education Technology"; (4) "The Cost of Education Technology"; (5) "The Imperative of Teacher Training"; (6) "Can the Private Sector Solve the Problem?"; (7) "Can the Federal Government Take on This Task?"(including background and a chronology of the Telecommunications Act of 1996); (8) "State Funding for Technology"; (9) "Allocation and Implementation Issues"; and (10) a concluding chapter that refutes the top ten reasons not to put technology in schools. An appendix discusses a model to estimate gains in labor market productivity. Statistics are presented in 30 figures and tables throughout the text. (Contains 147 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Costs, Educational Development, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Government Role, Information Technology, Models, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, Tables (Data), Teacher Education, Technology Integration, Technology Planning, Telecommunications, Training
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milken Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA.