Technology in schools

Introduction

Technology affects education by giving more options for teachers to teach and for students to learn. Computers and the Internet have both positive and negative effects on education. They give students more options on how to do schoolwork, but the downside is that there are millions of websites they can use, and that makes it difficult to find the right website to use.

Computer's their effect on school curriculum

Teachers use computers for a variety of reasons, one of which helps them with problem-based curriculum. The major challenge for those teachers is locating problems that are appropriate for their students and the topics they are learning (Williams). In the past, teachers had trouble with problem-based curriculums, until the invention of computers and the creation of the Internet. Problem-based curriculum was limited only to teachers with the expertise on the subject, or the resources of the local library (Williams). The typical view among educators is that technology can used effectively to supplement instruction by providing instructional variety, by helping to make abstract concepts concrete, and by stimulating interest among students (Williams). Students who are interested in the topic usually do better than those who aren’t. Therefore interest is a key factor in education and the successfulness of students. Computers enable students and teacher to do almost anything with projects, assignments, and presentations using the tools computers have. As a result, computers have changed education exponentially.

Technology education's purposes

Technology education has many purposes. The primary purpose is categorized as content, method, or process. The content of technology education in the process view is any and all knowledge needed to design solutions to problems, and technology activities constitute a context for the entire Kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum (Foster). Technology activities haven’t changed in a long time though. Surveys find that the four most frequently taught technology courses haven’t changed since the 1960s (Foster). Technology’s potential as a means of achieving curricular integration, student-centered learning, and the authentic assessment of critical thinking is considerable (Foster). Technology and teacher education are designed to deliver these very goals. It’s usually the responsibility classroom teacher to include technology in the curriculum rather than of a technology specialist (Foster). However, research has not demonstrated that technology education practice is efficient as a method of teaching.

How technologyfor school started

The impact technology has on education hasn’t reached everywhere in the world. At the start of the twenty-first century, the educational impact of computers and the Internet was not widely in evidence in many schools, although it is clear that ICI (information and communications technology) was being adapted and used at all levels of education (Potashnik). Access to the Internet and the wealth of knowledge and information it provides does not automatically lead to measurable improvements in the quality of teaching and learning in school (Potashnik). At the beginning of the twenty-first century many industrialized countries had begun to gear up their education systems for the knowledge economy by making major investments in computers for classrooms, in networking their schools, and in training teachers to use technology in their teaching (Potashnik). Funding started to become an issue as more and more investments were made. As a result, the Internet was stimulating new approaches to teachings and learning online.

Conclusion

In conclusion, that’s what the impact of technology has on technology. There will always be upsides and downsides to technology education. Technology has great potential, even though it’s viewed as a less efficient method of teaching. Newer technology today is being invented and is becoming increasingly expensive, which presents funding issues for schools.

Works Cited

FOSTER, PATRICK N. "Technology Education." Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. James W. Guthrie. 2nd ed.Vol. 7. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. 2506-2509. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Mar. 2013.

WILLIAMS, SUSAN M., et al. "Technology in Education." Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. James W. Guthrie. 2nd ed. Vol. 7. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. 2509-2526. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Mar. 2013.

POTASHNIK, MICHAEL. "International Gap in Technology, the." Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. James W. Guthrie. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002. 1296-1299. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Mar. 2013.