Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Changing Role of the Teacher

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Changing Role of the Teacher

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I was honored to have been invited to The Secretary's Conference on Educational Technology: Measuring Impacts and Shaping the Future, held September 11-12 in Alexandria, Va. Opportunities existed for approximately 600 attendees from over 40 countries to listen to lectures, meet informally, and learn from students who participated in the program by demonstrating their projects in the exhibit hall.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley of the U.S. Department of Education promised to continue to support efforts to bring technology to all classrooms, and to make teachers comfortable with its use. He is asking Congress for additional monies for this purpose. Linda Roberts, director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, welcomed the group and stated that although we're so far along in the use of technology in teaching and learning, much more still needs to be done. It is an acknowledged fact that Dr. Robert's efforts and perseverance have led us to where we are today.

So, what did I learn that I am able to share? It was a full-packed two days, which included major addresses, paneled discussions, breakout sessions, exhibits and student programs. I was particularly impressed with the Department of Education's Technology Expert Panel, the Exemplary and Promising Educational Technology Programs, and meeting the students and teachers of these programs. For example:

* Generation www.Y trains elementary and secondary school students on computing and telecommunication skills. Each student is partnered with a teacher, and together they design and develop a project that incorporates technology for use in regular classroom teaching. Students help teachers use technology to deliver more effective lessons. (http://genwhy.wednet.edu)

* Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project, in which students learn course content and technology skills, completing curriculum-based projects that end in multimedia projects. For K12 classrooms, activities are student-centered and interdisciplinary, and integrate real world issues and practices supported by multimedia. (http://pblmm.k12.ca.us)

* The WEB Project is a consortium of community organizations, small businesses and educational institutions that engage new technologies to effect systemic reform in school systems throughout Vermont. …

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