Essay on The Implementation And Upgrading Of Educational Technology

1298 Words Jan 25th, 2016 null Page
Concerning the implementation and upgrading of educational technology in schools there are two opposed viewpoints on where the focus and funding should go. Firstly, are those who subscribe to the technological abundance viewpoint; these individuals believe that more recent technology is the pathway to higher student achievement and will use all of their available funding to make this happen. Often at the expense of adequate teacher training on the use of the aforementioned technology. Secondly, are the believers in technological mastery. These individuals believe that modern technology is a powerful tool in education, though they also believe that the teacher who is masterful in their use of that technology is the most powerful educational force in the classroom.
School divisions and educational institutions are under pressure to provide their students with the most up-to-date educational technology—be it hardware or software. This new technology generally comes because of a grant or different allocation of the budget, causing the infrequent and overwhelming introduction of technology to teachers. Summer break is generally the time when incoming technology is introduced into educational buildings; consequently, teachers return to work burdened with professional development sessions on the newly acquired technology and tasked with creating materials to utilize the new product. Professional development sessions traditionally cover the basic workings of the new technology; it…

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