Fostering the Use of Educational Technology: Elements of a National Strategy

Fostering the Use of Educational Technology: Elements of a National Strategy

Fostering the Use of Educational Technology: Elements of a National Strategy

Fostering the Use of Educational Technology: Elements of a National Strategy

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Assesses current classroom use of technology and proposes a strategy for incorporating technology in America's schools.

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THE USE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TODAY

This chapter broadly describes the current use of technology to improve school effectiveness and student learning. We begin by summarizing current capacity and usage data for the nation's schools. Then, drawing on the experience of selected technology-rich schools, we suggest a vision of what widespread use of technology in schools might look like. Finally, we summarize evidence related to effectiveness. This chapter provides the backdrop for considering the costs and challenges for achieving more effective and widespread use of technology, the subjects of Chapters Three and Four.

CURRENT SCHOOL AND STUDENT USE OF TECHNOLOGY

This subsection draws heavily on a few surveys that have sought to characterize the penetration and use of computer and communication technologies in schools. The picture that emerges is one of a fairly rapid increase in school capacity, but it is also clear that average student use is still very limited.

Existing Penetration of Technology in Schools

Technology is penetrating the nation's schools. One of the simplest measures is computer "density." Figure 2.1 shows that density, measured by the number of students per computer, has fallen rather dramatically in the past 12 years. This growth has been promoted by declines in the costs of computing power, improvements in the quality of productivity software, and the belief of increasing numbers . . .

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