ERIC Number: ED477511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Educational Technology. Fifth Edition.
Ely, Donald P.
This book provides an overview of current applications of technology in education; it is organized in eight chapters covering the following trends. (1) There is near saturation of computers in K-12 schools, while higher education institutions report moderate saturation. Students and teachers have almost universal access to computers, many of which are connected to the Internet. (2) The Internet has become a major source of information for students and teachers. In higher education, the use of the Internet to deliver instruction has been steadily growing. (3) Video materials are increasingly being delivered by a variety of distribution systems, such as video streaming on the Web, video conferencing, synchronous teaching and learning by closed circuit, broadcast and satellite television systems. Use of video in classrooms and independent study spaces has leveled off. (4) More community organizations than ever are promoting and supporting the use of technology for teaching and learning in schools, colleges and the public sector. Policy organizations have joined the chorus of voices that advocate more and better use of technology in schools and higher education. (5) The home has become a classroom for children and adults. Distance education has become a significant provider of instruction through the use of technological media. (6) New delivery systems have stimulated the development and use of technological applications for teaching and learning. Foremost among them are wireless devices, such as laptop and handheld computers. (7) Opportunities for teachers to become competent in the use of technology for teaching and learning have increased substantially, resulting in greater and improved use in education. (8) More than ever, reputable organizations perceive the use of instructional technology in schools, colleges, and the public sector as a vehicle for education reform. (Contains 61 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Internet, Online Courses, Technology Uses in Education, Web Based Instruction
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Publication Type: Books; ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
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Note: For earlier editions, see ED 308 858, ED 346 850, and ED 396 717.