Technology + Education = <br />Pass or Fail?<br />
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P-Books vs E-books: Are There Educational Issues?
Integrating Computer Technology in Early Childhood Education Environments: Issues Raised by Childhood Educators </li></li></ul><li>Leveraging Technology to Transform Our Schools<br />The U.S. Department of Education has been planning the proper way to integrate the usage of technology in our schools since the past decade. The final decisions were made under 6 conditions. <br />These conditions are to be used as guidelines for the positive implementation under the ed-tech program.<br />
(continued…)<br /> Since the idea of implementing the use of technology in schools, numerous research project have been and still are being reported.<br />Research that continues to find both negatives and positives on the effectiveness of technology in an educational setting.<br />Past, Present, and Future<br />
My Thoughts…<br /><ul><li>Since the decision to implement an ed-tech program in 1998, technology is by no means the same.
Now in the year of 2011, technology hit a huge growth spurt within the past decade.
Seems the intended results of this decision have to be re-evaluated due to the usage of technology then and now regarding education in the past, present, and future.</li></li></ul><li>P-Books vs. E-books: Are There Educational Issues?<br />The author is simply comparing and contrasting both general and technical aspects of print books and electronic books.<br />One of the biggest concerns in the article is the cost of e-books, which assures traditional readers that print books are not going anywhere no time soon.<br />
P-Books vs. E-Books: Educational Concerns<br />The average college student would take a short cut especially when it comes to reading. Have chapters 1-20 read by Friday E-book comes in handy on Thursday reading just the summaries of the chapters, huh? I’m sure teachers and professors are staying up to date on technology for that reason alone. (a-ha #1) <br />
Personal Reflection<br /><ul><li>Would you rather fold the pages and struggle to hold a new paper or hard-back book open or turn the pages with the swipe of a finger?
Is that book shelf blocking the perfect space for you to hang your flat screen?
Just a couple sarcastic questions I thought I’d ask after reading this article (a-ha #2).
To each…his own…right?</li></li></ul><li>On a serious note…<br /><ul><li>As an inspiring teacher this article just reminds me to appreciate individual learning styles. That’s why I believe teachers should be able to choose a few methods including the usage of technology to engage a variety of students.
No technology, little to moderate technology, a lot of technology are the choices we have in our personal lives…so students should have the same choice in their academic lives.</li></li></ul><li>Integrating Computer Technology in Early Childhood Education Environments: Issues Raised by Childhood Educators <br />A study to evaluate not only the preschool children but the effect that the integration of computers had on their educators.<br />Pros and Cons from the teachers point of view<br /> Compare and contrast the ages where students can be more independent regarding usage.<br />
Early Childhood Technology (continued)…<br />The early childhood educators were the main focus of the research project as the went through a detailed assessment.<br />To gain the reasons why or why not to use computers in an early childhood educational setting.<br />Result: 80% were in favor of introducing computer technology in an early childhood educational environment.<br />
Personal Reflection…<br /><ul><li>I taught preschool for 1 year and I personally enjoyed working hands on with the children (ages 2-5). I would feel more comfortable introducing computer technology to the 5 year olds as they head to Kindergarten.
As for the 2-4 year olds, I feel like I would spend more time teaching them how to use the computer rather than teaching them the age appropriate fundamentals that should prepare them to learn how to use a computer in an educational setting when they are 5+</li></li></ul><li>Interesting Quote<br /><ul><li>In the private sector, Cisco commissioned a report in 2006 entitled "Technology in Schools: What the Research Says." In spite of an ambitious scope, the credibility of the analysis is impeded by the limited number of studies that met the criteria for inclusion (26).
My question is how can we really tell if technology is a plus or negative is reports are only based off of a limited number of participating schools?
I’d say study a whole school district regarding technology + education then we’d have a good number to equal out to.</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion…<br /><ul><li>My intent was to connect these 3 articles regarding the integration of technology and education in 3 different view points that all raised similar issues and concerns</li></ul>Administration and Government<br />Early Childhood Education<br />Traditional vs. modern gadgets being used for educational purposes <br />
Works Cited<br /><ul><li>Abram, S.. (2010, November). P-Books vs. E-books: Are There Education Issues? MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 17(6), 13-16. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 2190547691).
Simkins, M., Vodicka, D., & Gonzales, L.. (2009, January). leveraging technology to transform our schools. Leadership, 38(3), 26-29. Retrieved June 23, 2011, from ProQuest Education Journals. (Document ID: 1629688501).
Wood, E., Specht, J., Willoughby, T., & Mueller, J. (2008). Integrating Computer Technology in Early Childhood Education Environments: Issues Raised by Early Childhood Educators. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 54(2), 210-226. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.</li>