ERIC Number: EJ773760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 21
Technology in the Classroom: Tools for Building Stronger Communities and Better Citizens
Braun, Joseph A., Jr.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v40 n2 p69-73 Win 2004
Instead of a bane to the future of democratic living in the United States, technology could be a tool to build democratic understanding and ways of living. Using techniques described in this article, which focus on three democratic principles, classroom teachers can incorporate technology as an instructional tool while at the same time furthering goals of the schools' civic mission, the preparation of the next generation of citizens. The first principle considers specific tools, such as search engines and databases, which can play a vital role in helping students become informed citizens. Resources are described in the second principle, which addresses questions of technology and freedoms of speech, privacy, and the right to assemble. The role of moral education and resources for service learning are the focus of the third principle.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Citizenship Education, Role of Education, Critical Thinking, Democratic Values, Civics, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education, Search Engines, Databases, Freedom of Speech, Privacy, Ethical Instruction, Service Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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