Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Using Technology to Increase Student Learning

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Using Technology to Increase Student Learning

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Using Technology to Increase Student Learning by Linda E. Reksten. Corwin Press, Inc. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA91320-2218. http://www.corwinpress. com. 2000. 163 pp. ISBN: 0-8039-68140. Softcover, $34.95; Hardcover, $74.95.

Using Technology is intended as a resource for administrators or anyone who is faced with the challenge of implementing a technology program in their schools. Today it's also necessary to show evidence that technology programs actually improve student performance. The author has been the principal of Walt Disney School for 13 years and draws upon her experiences for the book.

Nine chapters include: "The Challenge of Building a Quality Technology Program," "Creating a School Context for Technology Change," "The Essential Components of a Quality Technology Plan," "Using Grade-Level Technology Skills to Enhance the Curriculum," "Acquiring Tools: Hardware and Software," "Using the Internet to Enhance Curriculum and Instruction," and "Management of the Technology Environment."

The author believes four elements must be present to create a positive technology environment that produces enhanced learning by students: administrative leadership, a view of the curriculum, the role of technology in the curriculum, and a workable plan. Everything goes back to the principal to make it work. The book is intended to provide principals with a "practical pathway" for creating the right environment and to offer help and "action steps" to make the process work. The book does not include a lot of technical jargon.

To illustrate aspects of her ideas, the author uses her school as an example and explains how Walt Disney School got started with technology, using specific steps and goals along the way. …

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