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What is Technology in Education?

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Everyone has his or her own definition of what Technology in Education really means. Ask a teacher, administrator, student and a parent and their answers will vary greatly. Administrators may view technology in a number ...

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Everyone has his or her own definition of what Technology in Education really means. Ask a teacher, administrator, student and a parent and their answers will vary greatly.

Administrators may view technology in a number of ways. There is technology in the classroom - teachers working with students using computers and perhaps the Internet. There are also the administrative systems that are used to track employee information, generate purchases and payrolls and track transportation matters. There may also be a student information system that can track everything from demographic information about students to their grades and attendance.

Teachers will likely have their own view of what Technology in Education means. For some, it may mean having support resources available on the computer to either introduce or reinforce a topic being covered. Others may welcome technology as access to the world via the Internet. Their students may be able to locate information or share ideas with others. Still others may consider technology to be having an overhead projector available for their use when they need it.

Students may have an entirely different notion of what Technology means to them. Some see it as a chance to learn and grow, while others fail to see what is so special about it. These students have basically grown up with technology always at heir disposal and may therefore take it for granted.

Parents may see technology as empowerment. Study after study seems to indicate that students must learn to harness this new way of doing things. Many may believe that a student's future will require a thorough understanding of technology to be productive. The ability to access real-time data from home about their students' grades, attendance and discipline may also be appealing to parents.

Satisfying everyone's view on Technology in Education is no simple task. It is an ever-evolving, process that will undoubtedly be reviewed and modified often.