K-12 And Technology: Changing The Way We Teach And Learn
K-12 and Technology: An Illustration of How Constructive Applications is
Changing the Way We Teach and Learn.
Over the past twenty years, information technology has transformed the society in which we live. It seems that, almost overnight, computers and the Internet have proliferated into every aspect of life, including how our youth is educated. ?In most schools, blackboards and chalk have been replaced by interactive smart walls and pointers, while personal computers are nearly as important as a pencil and paper? (Ward). I can still remember when overhead projectors were considered ?high-tech? and the chance to get to use a computer was almost non-existent in school, let alone directly in the classroom. Now students around the United States are learning through constructive applications of information technology directly in their classrooms, and in many cases, even having access to their own computers. Let?s take a look at some statistics. The national average ratio of students to instructional computers in the U.S. was 4.9 to 1 in the fall of 2000, and 98 percent of public schools had access to the Internet (Reading Today). This shows that students in the U.S. have greater access
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