The best method for improving educational standards is to utilize every toolavailable, including state-of-the-art technology.
Computers and the Internethave expanded the way in which education can be delivered to the students oftoday. Today’s networking technologies provide a valuable opportunity to thepractice of learning techniques. Educators are discovering that computers andmulti-based educational tools are facilitating learning and enhancing socialinteraction. Computer based telecommunications can offer enormous instructionalopportunities, but educators will need to adapt current lesson plan toincorporate this new medium into all the classrooms.
The only problem is thatsome of today’s schools are hindered by an underpowered technology basedcurriculum and, in order to stay competitive, the American educational systemmust do a better job of integrating. Computers have made a fundamental change inmost industries, providing a competitive advantage that has come to be essentialto stay in business. Therefore, education must also use technology to improvethe educational process instead of simply applying it to existing structures. School systems often consider acquiring an enterprise computer network, butjustify its purchase by applying it to routine administrative tasks, or takeperiod by period attendance. Although these tasks are important, they onlyrepresent a small part of what technology can do for an educational institution.
Technology must go beyond just keeping attendance; it must focus on keepingstudents interested and productive. “Curriculum improvement is the beststrategy to prevent dropouts; technology is especially useful in thisregard”. Technology can provide a unique and compelling curriculum resourcethat challenges every student. The Clinton administration has taken stepstowards improving educational standards via its “Goals 2000: EducateAmerica Act of 1994” However, several interpretations of the Act nevermention the use of technology.
Advocates of the Act need to realize thatInternet linked computers can provide more current information than what isfound in today’s “exciting” textbooks. For example, science textbooksand history textbooks are notoriously out of date. In contrast, the Internetoffers students a vast pool of current scientific data. Most of the time theInternet makes learning fun, unlike the plain fashion of the”almighty” textbook. Computers and other technology can also heightenthe learning process by actively engaging students in the task of exploringdata. Some students may be tempted to simply download information from theInternet that does not have anything to do with a particular subject that theywere asked to research.
This shows that the Internet may have a greater impactto education than to learn that information from a typical textbook. Sincecomputers and the Internet have expanded the way with which education can bedelivered to students, it is currently possible to engage in distance educationon specialized subject and fields through the Internet. Distance educationinvolves audio-video linkage of teachers to many students and even in remoteareas. Video conferencing allows groups to communicate with each other.
Desktopvideo conferencing promises to bring student together from geographic andcultural distances face to face via computer. Students in New York City will beable to learn about a Chinese culture, not only through books, but also fromChinese students. Not only will the teacher talk to the students but also thestudents will be able to interact with each other. This will make the studentsmore interested and fascinated with learning about another culture. Not onlydoes the Internet, and video conferencing help education, also Microsoft hascreated new programs for designed for educational purposes, some of these are”Encarta World Atlas” and “Encarta Encyclopedia.
” These twoparticular programs make learning easier and more enjoyable, all because of theuse of the CD-ROM device. Instead of looking for a particular country and simplyfinding out where it is in a regular atlas, students can type in the name ofthat country, and not only will they find out where it is faster, but they willobtain more information about that particular country. Instead of having volumesand volumes of heavy encyclopedias, Microsoft has placed all of these massivebooks into one light CD. This CD is much simpler than the unpleasant job offlipping page by page just to read about an uninteresting topic, such ashistory. But, with the use of this CD, not only do you receive regularinformation, but you may also view videos about certain people and battles.
Thismakes education an enjoyable task. With “Microsoft Works” student willbe able to cut and paste their way to make interesting multimedia researchdocuments. This computer program offers a spell-check, thesaurus, and otherhelpful features which make .