ERIC Number: ED451992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Challenge and Promise: Technology in the Classroom.
Collins, Timothy; Dewees, Sarah
Rural South: Preparing for the Challenges of the 21st Century, n18 Mar 2001
Research on new information technology suggests that it can be a very effective teaching and learning tool, but there is much to learn before it can be used to its fullest potential in the classroom. Internet connectivity has become more available to rural areas, but inequity of access still remains a problem. Rural schools and schools with high percentages of low income or minority students have lower rates of Internet access than urban schools and schools with low percentages of low income or minority students. Households in rural areas are less likely to have computers or Internet access than those in urban areas. Technological inequality is more pronounced in parts of the rural South, reflecting a legacy of racial segregation. Although most schools are connected to the Internet, most classrooms are not. Investments in new instructional technology must include funding and time for professional development of teachers. Much current staff development does not address skills needed to move beyond replicating familiar classroom activities on a computer. Training is also needed for administrators, many of whom completed their administrative training before the emphasis on computer applications. With rapidly changing technology, constant efforts are needed to keep abreast of new developments. Access to technology may enable the neediest schools to overcome the effects of poverty and isolation, improve their educational quality, and allow students to become the technological leaders of the future. (Contains 17 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Internet, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Professional Development, Rural Areas, Rural Schools
For full text: http://www.ext.msstate.edu/srdc/publications/millennium.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Farm Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.