Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 4, November

25 Years Down the Line
In this final of three Special 25th Anniversary Reports, we attempt to paint a picture of what the future of education should, could, or might be. We asked readers, industry experts, authors, tech gurus and scientists, "What will 'school' look like...
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A History of Vision
The following predictions are from the Technology & Learning archives. Read what visionaries predicted in past anniversary issues. Virtual Reality As a new century begins, students enter the classroom and don virtual reality body suits--cleverly...
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Calculating Costs: Making Sure the TCO Isn't a TKO for Your District
The public expects that schools will use technology in instruction and communication. But as educators work to increase access and use, they are learning that the purchase price of hardware and software is just the tip of the iceberg. Training and...
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Do the Twist: How a Multimedia Table Could Transform Education
A group of students is gathered around a square table, on each side of which sit four small maps. In the center is a much larger map. The students are engaged in an animated discussion of key topographical features they are observing and the geological...
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Get the Word Out: New Reading Programs Help Jump Start Beginning and Struggling Students
This month, I'll review three reinvented offerings designed to augment an array of reading skills. Knowledge Adventure applies its home-based software know-how to a series of multimedia tools. Reading Readiness, with its focus on phonemic awareness...
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Gizmos, Gadgets, & Technologies
Not long ago, the Internet and cell phones resided strictly in the realm of fantasy. What will be the future tools we can't live without? Multimedia Notebooks Wireless portable notebooks have replaced three-ring binders. These handheld, portable...
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Handhelds, Testing and Teaching
Research shows that technology makes a difference in student motivation, engagement, and active learning. It also helps students develop critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Providing each student with his or her own computing...
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How Visual Communicator Helps Visual Learners Learn
In this era of increased accountability, schools must focus on improving student learning to a greater degree than ever before. The issue for educators is how to help students learn what they need so that they can do well - both on annual tests and...
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New Essential Skills
The three Rs served as basic literacies of the Industrial Age, but what skills are crucial for our children in the Digital Age? Beyond Decoding & Comprehension Most of the readers of this article were taught to read what was handed to them....
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Student Gamecraft: What Do Students Learn When They Create Their Own Games?
Part 1 of this feature looked at the burgeoning body of research supporting the use of games as teaching tools. In particular, the article focused on epistemic games such as Firaxis's Civilization, which immerse players in virtual worlds with societies...
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The Games Children Play: Online Educational Video Games Can Help Students Retain Information
If you think that play time is waste time, think again. Studies show kids need to relax their brains to make the most of learning experiences. Interactive computer games give kids time to sort out and absorb what they've learned. Cybergames can also...
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The Leadership Imperative
It has been said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. Here, we offer four views of the state of technology today and the challenges that lie ahead for education and the nation. The Role of Government and Industry Over the...
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The Shape of Tomorrow
The question of what school will look like 25 years down the line proved an even more provocative one than I anticipated. In interviews and conversations with education professionals, industry gurus, scientists, and futurists over the past several...
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Thin Is In: Does the Slimmed-Down Functionality of Thin Client Computers Fit Your District?
Despite soaring obesity rates, Americans know all about slimming down. Walk through any supermarket today and you'll see products geared for the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, and a variety of no-carb, low-carb, and all-carb diets in between. What's...
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Top 10 Wish List
Technology & Learning's Special 25th Anniversary Poll asked readers to tell us which ed tech problems they'd most like to see solved. The following rather eclectic mix of topics reflects the issues most commonly reported. T&L's editors and...
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What's on Your Wish List?
This month Technology & Learning presents its fifth annual Top Ten cover feature, "Top Ten Wish List" (p. 26). In it, T&L contributors and editors address what respondents to our 25th Anniversary Readership Poll said they'd most like to see...
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