Literature Review: The Impact of Emerging Technology in Education
Technology or to be more specific, Educational Technology increases student grades by advancing student’s learning abilities. Richey (2008) explains that Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Stratham (2012), shortly after the internet explosion of the 1990s, technology was immediately integrated into the classrooms. Technology, even though symbolizes advancement in human knowledge, was seen as a setback by many educators. Many efforts have been established to help educators realize the benefits of technology and ways of implementing them in the classroom. This advancement created a constantly expanding gap between the student’s perception on the use of technology within the learning atmosphere, and the teacher’s perception and limitations. The computer is the main medium through which educational technology is exercised. They are being used to support goals such as but are not limited to: • Building student capacity for research
• Making student enquiry more realistic
• Enabling students to present information in appealing forms • Offering students access to learning within and beyond the school. Richey(2008) However, educational technology is not restricted to individual computer use. It can involve other equipment and applications, such as videoconferencing, digital television (allowing students to interact with programs at their own pace), electronic whiteboards, and digital cameras (Jackson, 2008; Education Week, 2007;McCampbell, 2002; Marshall, 2002). Each technology is likely to play a different role in students’ learning. For example, word processing and e-mail can improve communication skills; database and spreadsheet programs can enhance organizational skills; and modeling software often increases...
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