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Will Technology Really Change Education?: From Blackboard to Web


reviewed by Terence Ahern — 2001

coverTitle: Will Technology Really Change Education?: From Blackboard to Web
Author(s): Todd W. Kent and Robert McNergney
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 9780803966567, Pages: 80, Year: 1998
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Teachers are caught on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand parents and school administrators, given all of the media hype, believe that technology will improve the way teachers teach and students learn. Consequently, public officials are demanding that they integrate computer and related technologies into the classroom. On the other hand, there is a vocal and growing dissent that questions the efficacy of computers and their related technology in the classroom. The dissenters question the ability of technology to deliver the quality and affordable instruction that has been promised. For example on a recent ABC Nightline entitled "The $50 Billion Gamble: Will computers improve public school education" it was established that in a school that had dramatically improved student performance, the 20 million dollars worth of technology had little to do with the school's improvement. Rather it was an old fashioned commitment to hiring, developing and providing necessary resources for teachers that was the source of the student success. The reality is that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 136-138
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10562, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 1:51:43 AM

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  • Terence Ahern
    Texas Tech University
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    TERENCE AHERN is an associate professor of instructional technology in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. Publications include “Authoring Lessons for the Internet: Factors in Design” (with K. Burleson and T. Martindale), in the Instructional Design issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) (1997).
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