Technology and Education
By: Josh Flores - Belcher 2nd
This Technology age we are in is taking over most of the world second by second. But there are great advantages of technology used today. Technology has been a great influence on education across the entire world to this day. It is still growing and all education will soon be a technology empire.
Technology has done great things for us. They have even turned education on technology into Apps. The Moodle educloud native App turns any Android tablet, into a full-featured learning device flow-based HD videos. HD video courses, social media support like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and current cloud based file storage technology. More and more people are using Moodle for learning rather than using scratch pieces of paper. Moodle is faster, smarter and teachers can organize faster with Moodle. Most universities used to use paper and pencils. Now they use computers and Moodle. Paper is getting replaced with computers and tablets. Moodle is also available on iPad and other Android tablets. Moodle is a growing phenomenon. (McNergney)
Moodle is not supposed to be a course class website. It was built to make turning school assignments easier. Moodle users as of October 2012 Moodle had a user base of 70,793 sites. Serving 63,204,814 users in 6.7+ million courses with 1,2+ million trainers, teachers and lecturers. On average, students who used computer-based instruction scored at the 64th percentile on tests of achievement. This compared to students in the control conditions without computers who scored at the 50th percentile. Students also learn more in less time when the receive computer-based instruction. Students like their classes more and develop more positive attitudes when their classes include computer-based instruction. (Fabry, Higgs)
Research on the impact of technology on learning is in its infancy though we are beginning to see solid work emerge. In the purpose of this briefing is to outline what we know about the impact of education technology on learning and to identify resources for further study. The first study we analyze employed a statistical technique called meta-analysis to aggregate the results of over 500 individual studies. The second reviewed hundreds of individual studies where by the authors shed light on consistent patterns that emerged across studies. The third reviewed a partnership between Apple and five schools across the nation. The fourth study reported the results of West Virginia’s 10 year statewide education technology initiative. The fifth assessed a national sample of fourth-and eighth-grade students using newer simulation and higher order thinking technologies. The sixth and seventh reviewed to smaller scale studies that show the promise of newer emerging technologies on student learning. (Bates, Poole)
Technology has changed so much over the years and that technology has changed much of the world. Education started to ponder about this technology being used and decided to include technology in the studies of students, teachers, and lecturers. Technology has taken over so much of the world and education that everybody is going to use is just technology and there will be no more books of scratch pieces of paper for kids to work on. But this has improved the learning environment and will help those who come later on into this technology age.