INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
September 14, 2009
Computers have changed the way we teach and the way we learn. This paper will look at the changes that technology has brought to the education field, both as a tool to educate, and as a subject by itself. It attempts to isolate the broad concept of technology in order to demonstrate the deficiencies and efficiencies of this recent phenomenon in the education field. This synthesis paper will discuss (a) the impact of technology on teaching and learning, (b) the use and integration of technology in today’s classroom, and (c) the benefits of technology in the education system. This paper will present the author’s thoughts as well as the notion of what a “classroom” is, and how that idea is changing and continues to change.
One hundred years ago all classrooms around world had basically the same structure and frame of teaching. A strict teacher with a wooden stick stood in front of the classroom, the students kept quiet except to recite things they had to memorize. Anyone who spoke out of turn or misbehaved would get a whack with the ruler or tree limb. In many poor countries, this method of education is still in existence. But even the most remote parts of the world are entering a new age with the rest of us. Technology is transforming the way we learn, and by transforming the process, it is also transforming the outcome. This paper will examine the use of technology as a tool for education, showing the positive changes that it has brought, as well as the challenges that still keep us from fully using these new advances.
Eventually, teachers began to realize that teaching itself was something that needed to be studied. As a science, methods could be developed and the process could be improved. The first change was the teacher/student relationship. By making learning a fun process, and by making the teacher a facilitator... [continues]
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