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  1. 1. Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology Katherine Hill ITEC 8636 Reaction
  2. 2. Overall, my reaction to this book was very positive. It has widened my thinking concerning education and the path we are currently taking as a society. I enjoyed learning where we have been and where we are going in the American schooling system. Regardless of technology skeptics, the learning environment and the way we learn is changing. Unfortunately, the world is moving at a faster pace than our current education system and we must radically change to meet the needs of our young people. Reaction
  3. 3. It was very interesting to read about how our current school structure came into being. This provided me with a plethora of knowledge on how instructional technology has changed over time. This made me really understand how important technology has become in the area of education and its endless potential. Classrooms have already made great gains in the use of technology. About 10-15 years ago, there was minimal use in the technology development for instructional purposes. Now, the majority of current classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and student response systems.
  4. 4. The authors pointed out that technology advances are not a substitute to teaching but a tool to help facilitate the learning process. The authors discussed how parents are starting to take on more of a stronger role in their child’s education. This is due to current innovations in technology. Although this seems encouraging, there are some issues that could potential be unfavorable. Our society is already divisive along many lines and the introduction of more individualized learning led by parents, religious groups and other organizations might further widen the gaps between groups.
  5. 5. Isolation could become a real problem as more and more interaction comes in the form of electronic communication and less face-to-face interaction. The author’s seemed to be in favor of learning that occurs outside of the traditional school setting. Homeschooling, workplace learning, internet cafes, etc. were all mentioned as non-traditional places to learn.