Technology in Education - New Horizons

posted Aug 10, 2010, 9:34 PM by TexasTechies .org   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 6:11 PM ]


Many people warn of the possible harmful effects of using technology in the classroom. Will children lose their ability to relate to other human beings? Will they become dependent on technology to learn? Will they find inappropriate materials? The same was probably said with the invention of the printing press, radio, and television. All of these can be used inappropriately, but all of them have given humanity unbounded access to information which can be turned into knowledge. Appropriately used-- interactively and with guidance-- they have become tools for the development of higher order thinking skills.

Inappropriately used in the classroom, technology can be used to perpetuate old models of teaching and learning. Students can be "plugged into computers" to do drill and practice that is not so different from workbooks. Teachers can use multimedia technology to give more colorful, stimulating lectures. Both of these have their place, but such use does not begin to tap the power of these new tools.

In this area, you will find descriptions of how computers can be used to stimulate and develop writing skills, collaborate with peers in foreign countries, do authentic kinds of research that is valuable to the adult world, and do complex kinds of problem solving that would otherwise be impossible.


Technology and Academic Achievement   Les Foltos
New research provides substantial evidence connecting the use of technology to academic achievement.

Americans Need to Know More About Technology    The National Academy of Engineering
A 2002 report.

Take Back the Afternoon: Preserving the Landscape of Childhood In Spite of Computers    David Sobel
The Director of Teacher Certification Programs at Antioch New England and Co-Director of the Center for Place-Based Education describes the importance of hands-on learning and creative activities in helping children develop their fullest capacities.

Classroom Applications:

Implications of New Media for K-12 Education    Chris Dede
Virtual Reality researcher Chris Dede's testimony to Congress on the implications of introducing new technologies in the classroom. Link to an outline of important themes and policy issues surrounding the use of information technology to support innovative models of teaching and learning.

Nanoscale Science and Technology: Connections with K-12 Education    Ethan Allen
UW professor and researcher considers the implications of nanoscale science and technology for K-12 education.

The Web of Knowledge: Vision, Design, and Practice    Patrick McKercher, Judy Bonne and Andy Rogers
A description of James Burke's Knowledge Web project and its application in the classroom.

Intercultural Education and Virtual Reality   Judy Bonne and Patrick McKercher
Judy Bonne Kane, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Crawford AuSable Schools and Educational Project Director for the K-Web, and Patrick McKercher, K-Web project manager, give us an update on this project developed by James Burke.

Advancement of Science Knowledge In Language Learning ( ASKILL )     John Shaffer and V. A. Lindley-Brunn
Two educational researchers discuss a project that focuses on enhancing English language acquisition at the middle school level by English Language Learners through the study of science.

Learning with the Internet    S. L. Muthukumar
A Singaporean researcher shares how to effectively use technology as a positive student learning experience.

Changing the Face of Education in Missouri   Monica Beglau
A statewide education program that focuses on the use of technology in the classroom.

Generation Y: Student Inclusion = Technology Infusion   Sylvia Martinez
A curriculum model that combines project based learning for students with professional development for teachers.

Technology and MI    Thomas Hoerr
How technology can be used to implement the Multiple Intelligences theory in the classroom.

Linking Students with Their World: A Good Day in French Class    Nancy A. Bacon
One practical and successful application of special technology in the classroom.

Technology in Environmental Education   Clancy J. Wolf
How technology not only enhances learning but also helps students to explore and understand the world around them.

Listen Up!: Using Audio Files in the Curriculum    Tuiren Bratina, Tom Bratina and Anthony Bratina
How to add audio files to online course content.

A New Generation Meets the Ancient Mariner    Raúl daSilva
Literature can come alive for students as a sensory experience by using new technologies. The text remains intact, but these technological enhancements can provide a context which connects the work to music, art, history and more.

Harnessing the Best of Technology for an Exceptional Information Literacy Library Program   Deborah Gallaher and Sue Roberts
A library program that combines student research, technology and learning to think critically.

Working Together: Students with Disabilities and Computer Technology    Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Special needs students can particularly benefit from the use of new technology.

What's ONADIME?    Bruce Mitchell
Onadime Composer is a software tool kit for making multi-media, multi-sensory real time interactive computer programs for teaching, learning and entertainment. 

The Internet:

Questions for Potential Online Instructors    Nancy Prince-Cohen
Online educator addresses some pedagogical, sociological, and psychological issues educators need to examine before they begin to create an online course.

Lessons on Teaching Writing from Website Design  Jennifer C. Stone
University of Washington Professor showcases ways that students can transfer skills used to build a website to the writing process.

Clickers, Be Aware!    Cheryl Edwards and Lydia McCardle
Through their experiences teaching a senior-level methods class and supervising student teachers, two teacher educators found that teacher candidates are increasingly looking to the Internet for help with lesson planning. However, many lack discretion in selecting effective lesson plans from the proliferation of websites. This article points out the importance of raising candidates' awareness of pitfalls and informing them of ways to identify reliable websites and effective lesson plans.

Mr. Coulter's Internet Tendency: to Infinity and Beyond Brad Coulter
Veteran elementary school teacher uses online publishing to motivate young writers. 

Instant Messaging: Friend or Foe of Student Writing?   Amanda O'Connor
Graduate student in Educational Technology discusses the impact of "internet speak" on student writing.

Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev, Art History and Images From the World Wide Web
Alan Warhaftig
Including art history creates a richer, more powerful lesson.

The Learning Space: A Unique Online Community of Teachers    Bretta Beveridge
A grassroots organization uniting teachers on the internet.

Releasing the Isolated Warrior    Marlene A. K. Goss, Ph.D.
What teachers need in order to make use of new technologies in the classroom.

e-Quality    Dr. Miriam Masullo and Dr. Antonio Ruiz
When the internet was born, educational leaders had high hopes that access to information would make education better for everyone, everywhere in the world.  Now, in the year 2000, we see that these hopes have been dashed.  Too few have access to the technologies.  Schools do not have the equipment necessary to make use of the information superhighway, many do not even have access to telephones, much less the internet.  Dr. Masullo and Dr. Ruiz propose a new way to renew the promise of equity access to education.

People Are the Only Thing that Matter    Dr. Miriam Masullo and Dr. Antonio Ruiz
According to our Department of Education, in the US only 14% of poor and minority classrooms are wired. Thus, even for developed countries, diminished resources, lack of educators, and safety in the schools are higher priority issues than figuring out how to make the Internet and the Web new vehicles for improved learning.

The Future of Learning in a New Free World and how to Build a World Wide Learning Web    Gordon Dryden
New Zealand author of the New Learning Revolution notes that millions of teachers and billions of students continue to work mainly in isolation, yet in today's world of instant communication, collaboration is essential in order to make the most effective changes.

Americans All: Searching for Sponsors for a History and Civics Data Base System   Allen S. Kullen
In this essay, Kullen calls for sponsors to support Americans All, a program that will serve as the national operating entity to gather, organize, distribute and maintain electronic databases that will support how individual states teach and test history and civics at various grade levels. These inclusive databases will comprise the complete political, social and cultural history of the nation, organized by state and grade level.

The Guilds: A New Curriculum for Education and Internet Reform   George Gorman
Could the internet become the forum for a lifelong learning program for all?

Virtual and Augmented Reality:

Virtual Reality In Education   John Shaffer
A science teacher shares ideas on virtual reality and how it could potentially enhance a multiple intelligences teaching strategy.

Learning Through Virtual Reality    Bill Winn
How virtual reality can help students learn and what kinds of virtual reality models are available now to be used in the classroom.

Augmented Reality in Education   Mark Billinghurst
A pioneer in the field of AR explains its practical uses.

Augmented Reality and Education: Current Projects and the Potential for Classroom Learning   Brett E. Shelton
More on the future of augmented reality.


Multimedia Technology and Children's Development    Dee Dickinson
Implications of the technology revolution.

Learning by Design: Integrating Technology into the Curriculum Through Student Multimedia Design Projects   Ted M. Kahn, Ph.D. and Linda K. Taber Ullah, M. Ed.
In order for technology to be effective in today's education system, it needs to be intelligently integrated into a rich, meaning-centered curriculum.

Multimedia Encourages New Learning Styles   David Thornburg, Ph.D.
Modern technological tools let us work with information in ways that honor the unique learning modalities of each student.

Beyond the classroom:

Using New Educational Technologies to Empower Youth: The Power of Youth-Adult Partnerships in e-Learning   Gary Goldman and Barbara L. McCombs
Tapping the resource of young peoples' technological skills can benefit the whole community.

Inventing Workshops: Hands on Technology   Ed Sobey
Project based learning outside the classroom.

Washington Aerospace Scholars Program    Bonnie J. Dunbar
The Museum of Flight in Seattle and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire announce a pioneering new aerospace program to foster student interest in math and science.

Giant Campus: Experience Based Technology Learning   Maura Whalen
Teaching young people to use technology benefits students at every point of the achievement spectrum.

Technology Access Foundation (TAF)   Trish Millines Dziko
This foundation brings free computer and technology access to those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of technology.

WildTech Learning   Eric Christianson
What can happen when a school gets involved with the Wilderness Technology Alliance? A win-win situation results for school, students and community.

Learning to Do: Students Develop IT Projects that Deliver Service
In British Columbia, Canada, students in grades 10-12 in an Information Technology Management (ITM) course take a project-driven approach to studying information technology. Students learn to manage technology and in the process about taking responsibility for getting the job done. The teacher-student collaboration is empowering for both.

A Call to Action:  A Global Youth Empowerment Society (YES)   Gary Goldman and Allen Schmieder
The authors call for young persons in America to make  significant contributions to their community, thereby energizing their lives and spearheading the revitalization of schools and neighborhoods.

Campaign Against American E-Partheid    Timothy Jenkins
Timothy Jenkins believes there is a need for radically different educational interventions, and a redirecting of education dollars from anti-crime and drug prevention programs to positive skill-building and access opportunities for all children.

Recommended Reading

The Knowledge Web   James Burke

The New Basics: Education and the Future of Work in the Telematic Age   David Thornburg

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning   David H. Rose and Anne Meyer

The Internet and the Law: What Educators Need to Know   Kathleen Conn

Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum   Larry Lewin

Project-Based Learning Using Information Technology, second ed.    David Moursund

Gene Genie   Thomas Bass

Making Technology Standards Work for You--A Guide for School Administrators   Susan Brooks-Young

Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World   George Gilder

NETS�S Curriculum Series�Multidisciplinary Units for Grades 3�5   ISTE

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers: Preparing Teachers to Use Technology M. G. Kelly, ed.

Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn   Lynell Burmark

Related links

Long Island Consortium for Interconnected Learning in Quantitative Disciplines
Presents physics problems, calculus projects, problem sets for precalculus, multiple choice and essay questions for Calculus I- III, business/math problems using spreadsheets and calculators, and 23 math research projects.

New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education
The Center offers a curriculum model for engineering and science technology disciplines, professional development for teachers, competitions for students, and course descriptions.

Learning in the Real World
Learning in the Real World makes research grants to university investigators to develop, analyze and distribute information which will allow parents and planners to make rational decisions about when and where education technology is a positive tool for children and when it detracts from their development. Go to Further Reading for a great collection of articles about technology in schools.

Technology and Art: "Art Zone"
The US National Gallery of Art invites children of all ages to create interactive art online: design a virtual mobile; create a collage, painting, or a geometric sculpture, design and texturize 3-dimensional shapes and see how artists create these effects without a computer, create a "pixel face."  While you are making the art, you are also gaining new computer skills. 

Critical Questions

How can technology help you personalize learning?

How can technology engage multiple intelligences?

How can technology bridge the digital divide in K-12 settings?

How can technology assist the unique learner?

How can technology be used to simultaneously deepen student understanding and accelerate student achievement standards?

Possible Actions

Encourage students to use the web as a research tool on a topic of great personal interest. Give parameters for the expected product, but let the student emerge as chief designer.

Review your favorite on-line educational game or activity. List the intelligences a student would have to tap to do well. Create a multiple intelligence rubric for the piece.

Create an extended learning program which focuses on on-line learning activities that could be used to "reteach" skills which students missed in class.

Identify software/on-line learning activities which can be used to accommodate a learner with unique learning capacities.

Choose one state standard relevant to your teaching and have each student create a problem which requires the performance of that standard. Use the web to find the resources to solve the problem.

SOURCE: © October 2005 New Horizons for Learning