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"In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, technology has increased worldwide and affected many aspects of human life. Some of the greatest applications of new technologies have been in the field of education.” (Opposing Viewpoints)
Should teachers include technology in the early childhood setting?
Do you think that giving students laptop computers can improve their education? If so, in what way?
What type of laptop program--if any--do you think is most helpful to students? Should every student be given an individual laptop? Should students be allowed to take laptops home with them? Explain your views.
How large do you think the "digital divide" is between students of different races and income levels? Can school laptop programs help correct the disparity? If so, how, and if not, why not?
Should companies and charitable foundations concentrate on giving laptops to students in developing countries? Why or why not?
Make a list of the ways that computers affect your everyday life. What kinds of changes do they bring about? In what areas are they are useful, and where do they cause new problems?
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Contemporary Uses of Technology in K-12 Physical Education Policy, Practice, and Advocacy by Steve Sanders; Lisa WitherspoonWhat do teachers, principals, school administrators, superintendents, state policy makers, and parents need to know about the growing trend to use technology in physical activity environments? How can technology be used to increase not only fitness levels but academic learning in today's youth? How can kids benefit from increased use of technology in physical education? These questions and others are answered in this volume of the series Educational Policy in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions. An entire generation is growing up without the benefits of daily physical activity. The daily experiences of our children are centered on the use of technology driven, mostly sedentary, activities. Technology should be considered a viable tool that can increase physical activity levels when implemented effectively. The lack of contemporary programs and strategies that motivate participants to want to participate daily in physical activity has created a culture of inactivity and obesity and is having a profound effect on the physical health and academic learning potential of today's youth. In this volume the authors suggest current trends and explore the enormous potential of technology in motivating youth to commit to daily physical activity. Authors detail contemporary programs, teaching strategies and contemporary technologies beginning to be used in schools across the country, and suggest policies, directions, and cost considerations for implementing technology based learning in physical activity and physical education settings.
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
Education in a Digital World by Neil SelwynDrawing on a wealth of theoretical and empirical work, Education in a Digital Worldtackles a number of pressing questions, such as, how are 'global' trends in educational technology refracted through national policies and processes? How exactly are educational technologies linked to issues of global economics and the fortunes of national and international economies? To what extent are digital technologies implicated in the commercialisation, marketization and commodification of education? These questions, and others, are addressed throughout eight wide-ranging chapters, which consider topics such as the national policy strategies of countries across North and South America, Europe and East Asia, the educational technology portfolios of international organizations such as the United Nations and Microsoft, as well as the role of education and technology in international development and the on-going efforts to provide 'one laptop per child' across low-income regions and countries. Through these examples Selwyn develops a detailed analysis of education, technology and globalisation, drawing together arguments and debates from various academic perspectives. Written in a detailed but accessible manner, this is an essential book for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the role of education and technology in contemporary globalised society.
Publication Date: 2012-08-08
Positioning Technology Education in the Curriculum by Marc J. De Vries (Editor)The position of technology education in the school curriculum is a topic of continuous discussions. This book offers a number of research-based contributions to that discussion. A number of aspects have been identified that are related to the way technology education can be embedded in the curriculum: The historical development of the subject, its disciplinary character, its relation to other parts of the curriculum, and in particular with science and language education, the relation between the formal school curriculum and informal learning, forms of progression over the grades, and its contribution to citizenship, forms of literacy and ethics. The final chapter deals with specific issues for developing countries. The book can support decision making on the curriculum and the development of technology education as a part of that by providing theoretical and empirical insights on this topic.