Recent claims by researchers and critics suggest that the demand for increasing the number of computers and telecommunications networks to schools and classrooms is coming from the nation's political and business sectors, and not from teachers and school practitioners. This book was written in response to these claims and suggests that answers to questions about how to successfully integrate and use technology can be found in programs that are currently underway. The recommendation to educational policymakers: create the conditions that encourage and support teachers to adapt technologies and other tools in ways that respond to the unique needs of their communities, school requirements, and students' learning styles.
The contributing authors describe the condition of their school or system and each identified the following: * Goals and objectives * Benefits to student learning and engagement * Favorable and/or unfavorable conditions that influence effectiveness * How technology and telecommunications can transform the delivery of education * The resources involved and how they are changing the way teachers, students, and their families are benefiting * The conditions necessary Will be of interest among a wide group of stakeholders in the field of education including state and local educational administrators and others involved in adapting and using learning technologies and telecommunications services to improve and extend the quality of K-12 education throughout the nation.
Arthur D. Sheekey was a COMSI Fellow at the Office of Science and Technology Policy and at the FCC, Senior Associate at tile American Association for Higher Education, Senior Fellow at the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Area, and Resident Scholar at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. He is a guest lecturer at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He taught high school and junior high school science for five years in New Jersey.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1 Beyond Comprehension: Elementary Education and Generative Technology Chapter 5 2 Transforming Science Instruction with Technology Chapter 6 3 The Impact of technology on rural Schools with State Leadership Chapter 7 4 Building a Community of Lifelong Learners Chapter 8 5 Building a Bridge to Effective Use of Technology Chapter 9 6 The Use of Technology That Affects How Teachers Teach and Students Learn Chapter 10 7 Ensuring the Impact of Technology on Schools and School-Age Children Chapter 11 8 The Impact of Technology Integration and Support from Coaches Chapter 12 9 Using Technology to Engage Students for Multiple Learning Experiences Chapter 13 Afterword Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Contributors