Can Technology Improve The Student? How Today’s Technology Can Make An Impact On The Student.
How has technology impacted the classroom? Has having access to computers in the classroom made a difference?
Article 1-World Wide Wonder? Measuring the (non-)impact of Internet subsidies to public schools
Article 2-Improving the world around us with each passing day
Article 3-Ensuring Equality of Educational Opportunity in the Digital Age
World Wide Wonder? Measuring the (non-)impact of Internet subsidies to public schools.
The article World Wide Wonder? Measuring the (non-)impact of Internet subsidies to public schools compares the introduction of computers in the classroom to the television revolution of the 1960’s when televisions were brought into the classrooms and deemed a revolutionary teaching tool. However the televisions were not effective tools, where computers have made a large impact on the classroom.
How Computers Ended Up In The Classroom.
In 1998 1.7 billion dollars were filtered into the school systems in order for the classrooms to become “wired”. Most of the stimulus money was sent to the schools with the most need. “The poorest districts, however, received substantially more funding per pupil than even the richest schools. Schools with 75 percent or more of their students eligible for the lunch program received the most funding per pupil”.
In the early 1990’s the United States realized the digital divide had begun. “The best evidence of the concern over the digital divide was the speed with which the federal government interceded to help close it. A program offering generous subsidies to schools and libraries for the purchase of Internet technology was made part of the massive overhaul of the Telecommunications Act in 1996.”
What is the cost of closing the gap?
The funding for the program has steadily increased over the years but there have been signs of technology gap starting to narrow.
“ By the end of the 2000 school year, three years after the E-Rate program granted its first subsidies, the program had increased the number of California public-school classrooms with Internet access by 68 percent. Judged as a means of improving student performance, however, the E-Rate has shown little success on any testable measure. In the end, the E-Rate program has helped get basically every school in the country hooked up to the Internet. The Internet itself, though, seems unlikely to be a silver bullet for solving the problems of America’s public schools”.
This article was a great resource for learning the how and why behind technology in the classroom. I did not realize there was such a great technology divide. While there have been many strides taken in getting computers in the classroom, the main focus now should be how to successful implement the technology and make it useful.
Improving the world around us with each passing day
The article, “Improving the world around us with each passing day” tells us about a teacher who used technology in the classroom to get her class excited about learning.
Technology Takes Center Stage!
"I was blown away!" Jarrett recalls. "It was the next to last week of school and the lab full of students was buzzing with activity. The students had built incredibly intricate websites with original writing, stunning graphics, and amazing interactive features, and none of them had ever designed a website before."
The teacher instructed his students to create a website based off of information the class learned from reading young adult novels. The class was really into the idea of building the website. The students took the lead and needed very little assistance.
I really like what this article had to say. It shows a great example of technology in use in the classroom for more than just playing games or internet access. It is also an example of how to get students excited about learning. We need to step outside of traditional methods and really look toward technology.
Ensuring Equality of Educational Opportunity in the Digital Age
The article, “Ensuring Equality of Educational Opportunity in the Digital Age” discusses the issue unequal access to technology and how it will effect those who are not technologically skilled. The article also addresses how to implement technology into the classroom to ensure equality amongst students.
Where The Gap Is
This article is a great resource. It has ample information on how to gain equality in education technology. It also makes a good point on how today’s inequality in technology is similar to the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education. We cannot have separate but “equal” when it comes to students ability to make it in our technology driven world.
Technology is expensive which makes it limited to some schools. There needs to be a way for all students to take advantage of the technology available to schools.
Students can enjoy learning if motivated too. The class in the article, “Improving the world around us with each passing day” shows that it is possible for students to take the lead.
All technology is not equal and all students do not have equal access to technology. This needs to be addressed. If students are not equally taught technology they will not survive in our technology driven society.
Goolsbee, Austan, and Jonathan Guryan. “World Wide Wonder? Measuring the (non-)impact of Internet subsidies to public schools.” Education Next 6.1(2006). Web. Nov. 2009.
Jarrett, Keven. “Improving the world around us with each passing day.” Learning & Leading with Technology 37.3(2009). Web. Nov. 2009.
Morse, Timothy E. “Ensuring Equality of Educational Opportunity in the Digital Age”. Morse Education and Urban Society 36(2004): 266-279. Web. Nov. 2009.