Technology affects all our lives, whether working in K-12, higher education or the corporate world. Tomorrow's problems are developing today, and we need to develop possible responses to potential changes.. Society is experiencing a period of unprecedented change, our decisions today will have a significant effect tomorrow. (Weingand, 1995)
44% children and teenagers overall use computers and 42% use the Internet to complete their homework and school assignments 41% of blacks and Hispanics use a computer at home, compared to 77% of whites 31% students from families earning less than $20,000 use computers at home, compared to 89% of those from families earning more than $75,000
In 1994, 3% of classrooms in U.S. public schools had access to the Internet; in the fall of 2002, 92 % had access In 2002, 86% of public schools reported they had a Web site or Web page, up from 75% in 2001. 87% of public schools with Internet access indicated that their school or school district offered professional development to teachers in the schools to help them integrate the use of the Internet into the curriculum.
Educational institutions of the future will be tailor made to suit students and teachers by creating online content designed around learning styles, teaching styles, specific areas of content, and past student interests. Future areas of anticipated need, alignment with specific modes of employment, and ties to current university courses are examples of areas that will be included.
Implications: Opportunities: To train teachers to teach technology and stay abreast. Provide students the opportunity to enhance their technology knowledge. Threats: Being unable to train all teachers in the field of technology due to several factors: cost to teachers, cost to school districts older teachers who might not want to learn due to retiring in a couple of years the belief that training won't enhance their life or their way of teaching schools unable to keep up with the ever changing field of technology in terms of equipment or software
Implications: Opportunities and Threats
Implications: Opportunities and Threats
Implications: Opportunities and Threats First obtain a technology center, then train teachers, and finally train students. Training need only be done for teachers who are in need of training. Other teachers who show that they can use technology may perform some other task, say curriculum development.
Technology: Its Impact on the Future Leaders of Tomorrow
BackgroundTechnological innovationsaffect all aspects of our lives,personal and professional.The children of today are theleaders of tomorrow
Main IssueHow can we best prepare our students to be informed, conscientious leaders in a technologically advanced society?
Key Issues - Political• What effect will educational standards have on student achievement?• Will regulations determine what technology will be available to deliver education• How will the No Child Left Behind legislation affect how technology is utilized in the classroom?
Key Issues - Social• How does technology affect the “at risk” population of students?• Are children in lower socio- economic strata at a potential disadvantage regarding technological advances?
Key Issues - Technological• What qualifications will be required of teachers in a technologically advanced classroom?• How can we ensure adequate teacher preparation?
Key Issues - Environmental• How will rising education costs affect lifelong learning?• How will changes in delivery of education impact the preparation of leaders of tomorrow?• Will technological advances make distance learning the new paradigm?
Key Factors High Importance Predetermined Uncertainties 1. NCLB 1. Student access to technology 2. Rising education costs 2. Teacher qualifications 3. Technological advancesLow Uncertainty High Uncertainty Low Importance
Axes ofUncertainty Scenario 2: Scenario 1: Highly qualified teachers, some Highly qualified teachers, students technologically unlimited access for all handicappedPredetermined Predetermined1. NCLB 1. NCLB2. Rising college costs 2. Rising college costs3. Technological advances 3. Technological advancesUncertainties Uncertainties1. Highly qualified teachers 1. Highly qualified teachers2. All students have access 2. Restricted access to some students Scenario 4: Scenario 3: Poorly qualified teachers, some Poorly qualified teachers, students technologically unlimited access for all handicappedPredetermined Predetermined1. NCLB 1. NCLB2. Rising college costs 2. Rising college costs3. Technological advances 3. Technological advancesUncertainties Uncertainties1. Low qualified teachers 1. Low qualified teachers2. All students have access 2. Restricted access to some students
Scenario 1: Highly qualified teachers, unlimited access for all• Technology affords teachers and learners the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and computer skills.• Every home will be equipped with a computer and internet access and we will have students staying at home to get their education, even in kindergarten.
Scenario 2: Highly qualified teachers, some studentstechnologically handicapped• A student without the access to the latest technology skills classes will not be employable in future markets.• Schools & communities must provide technology hardware in sufficient quantities and of advanced quality so that highly qualified teachers may educate their students.• Schools must provide resources in order that teachers may pursue continuing professional development in the area of technology skills and instruction.
Scenario 3: Poorly qualified teachers, unlimited access for all• A minimum standard will be expected from professionals expecting to teach at the elementary, middle and high-school levels• Competencies in subject matter that will be taught will be essential to avoid failure resulting from students receiving education from less than qualified teachers.• Technology and Scientific-research will facilitate future teaching, learning, and monitoring of the the student’s academic achievement.
Scenario 4: Poorly qualified teachers, some students technologically handicapped• Abandon Lone Wolf Spending Tactics to Afford Technology• Begin Educating Teachers on Technology Usage and Integration into Curriculum• Begin Educating Students on Technology Through Specific Courses and/or Personal, Individualized Discovery• Provide Students with Access to Technology Centers Beyond School Day
Concluding Remarks• Technological advances impact every part of our lives.• Schools must plan for and arrange adequate training of faculty.• Schools must anticipate and accommodate for the needs of all students.
Desirable Scenario: A Vision for the Future• Teachers will be trained to effectively operate modern word processors (word), spreadsheets (excel), presentation devices (PowerPoint), and various software packages geared toward teaching aids.• Higher order technology will be imparted on teachers as well. Website development software, methods of searching/evaluating websites, graphing calculator usage, and other specific technological devices will be addressed. Teachers will be made proficient with these tools.• The education process will shift toward students. Students will use technology centers for either specific classes or the integration of their usage in existing classes.• A system will be developed to allow student use of technology centers. Students will be allowed access to these centers after school and on weekends, so long as staffing during these times can be procured.