ERIC Number: ED460677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Technology in American Schools: Seven Dimensions for Gauging Progress. A Policymaker's Guide.
Lemke, Cheryl; Coughlin, Edward C.
The introductory section of this guide highlights the progress being made with educational technology and investments in technology by business/industry, innovations by a high school in Greenbrier (Arkansas), actions educators will need to take and challenges that will need to be addressed if technology is to be used successfully in education, and emerging trends that indicate the benefits of technology. A set of indicators for policymakers to consider when assessing whether or not schools have established the essential conditions necessary to begin improving student learning through technology is then presented. This framework is comprised of the following seven interdependent dimensions and key features: (1) learners, including fluency, strengthening the basics, developing higher level skills, increasing relevancy, motivation to learn, and recognition of tradeoffs; (2) learning environments, including learning context, learning content, school culture, technology access, and information/communication; (3) professional competency, including core technology fluency, curriculum/learning/assessment, professional practice/collegiality, and classroom/instructional management; (4) system capacity, including vision, leadership/planning, ensuring capacity, and systems thinking; (5) community connections, including commitment, collaboration, clarity, and communication; (6) technology capacity, including installed base, connectivity, technical support, client orientation, and facilities; and (7) accountability, including deliverables/benchmarks, data collection/interim progress, data-driven decision making, and communication. A chart presents the seven dimensions at a glance. The summary brochure "At a Glance" is appended. (Contains 25 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Development, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Information Technology, Instructional Improvement, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, School Community Relationship, Teacher Competencies, Technology Integration, Technology Planning
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Milken Exchange on Education Technology, Santa Monica, CA.