ERIC Number: EJ712917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
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Administrative Technology: New Rules, New Tools--A Pilot Study of Excelsior Software's Electronic Gradebook Solution Reveals the Impact and Time-Saving Qualities of Administrative Software
Tetreault, Donald R.
T.H.E. Journal, v32 n9 p39 Apr 2005
Much of the focus for education technology through the '90s was on technology equity as measured by student access to computers. While efforts to improve technology equity and access were met with wide success in the years that followed, the focus of education technology is now shifting away from such issues as new themes have started to emerge. Most of these themes focus on the question of how best to utilize technology in schools. Admittedly, an explosion has been seen in technology use for curricular delivery and enhancement in the past decade, and that trend seems likely to continue unabated. But the passage of No Child Left Behind modified the paradigm into which technology fits in public schools. Because of NCLB, teachers must now target their efforts exclusively toward increasing the achievement of every student, regardless of whatever handicapping or disadvantageous condition a child might bring into the classroom, while simultaneously being held to higher standards of accountability for performing the teaching function. Given the scrutiny and elevated expectations that public schools now encounter, teachers face a growing challenge: Finding time in a finite school day to individualize instruction so each child can perform to his or her full potential. Education technology--particularly computers--may hold the solution, but not in the manner in which schools have adopted technology to date. Because of the daunting NCLB requirements, schools no longer have the luxury of viewing technology as an add-on that functions at the periphery of instruction as a curricular enhancement, an enticement to student engagement in learning, or an occasional frill that "makes learning more fun." Instead, schools must adopt and embrace technology so that it restructures the way they are managed and administered. For most schools, this is a whole new world.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Computer Software, School Restructuring, Educational Technology, Academic Achievement, Grades (Scholastic), Information Technology, Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001