Educational Technology: Best Practices from America's Schools

Educational Technology: Best Practices from America's Schools

Educational Technology: Best Practices from America's Schools

Educational Technology: Best Practices from America's Schools

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Educators continue to be challenged with many complex decision situations—violence, substance abuse, equity issues, multicultural education, values, bilingual education, choice, declining test scores, tight budgets—and these are just some ofthe challenges facing educators today. Apossible solution in many of these problematic areas is educational technology. Yet, technology continues to be elusive and just beyond the reach of some schools and school districts. This is disappointing, given that educational technology applications have been evident for over three decades and have grown at an especially rapid rate during the decade of the 1990s. The good news is that there is indeed a flurry of activity in the nation's schools that reflects innovative and productive growth in technology applications. Educational Technology: Best Practices from America's Schools offers a glimpse of these projects and, hopefully, will encourage educators to pursue an investigation and application of these and other good programs.

Since the first edition of Educational Technology: Best Practices from America's Schools, much advancement has been made in educational technology, especially in computers and computer-related hardware. It is likely that this technological progress, and accompanying declines in costs, will lead to many changes and improvements in instructional technology. In fact, it may be argued that we are only beginning to realize the real promises of educational technology.

A recent survey by T.H.E. Journal reported another upward growth in educational technology buying trends. Approximately 11 billion dollars was spent in 1997 by education . . .

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