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Meaningful Learning Using Technology: What Educators Need to Know and Do


reviewed by Craig A. Cunningham — June 09, 2006

coverTitle: Meaningful Learning Using Technology: What Educators Need to Know and Do
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Ashburn and Robert E. Floden (Eds.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746843, Pages: 232, Year: 2006
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These are interesting and uncertain times for educational technologies. The promises of these technologies have been seductive, leading to large investments in connectivity, computers, and complementary resources such as software, technical support, and training. However, the return on these investments has been (perceived as being) uneven at best, leading some to suggest that the cost of incorporating new technologies into schools is simply too high relative to other pressing needs. Others suggest that such efforts are premature given the current evolutionary status of technology and that young children (in particular) should be shielded from said technologies. Lastly, some believe that learning how to use technology is just one of a long list of educational goals that students need to master along with (and, often, apart from) reading, writing, subject-matter knowledge, etc.  These cautionary perspectives serve double duty as rationalizations for the recent “accountability” regime, which has largely co-opted existing technologies... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 09, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12538, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:15:03 PM

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  • Craig Cunningham
    National-Louis University
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    CRAIG A. CUNNINGHAM is associate professor and program director in the Technology in Education program at National-Louis University in Chicago. Prior to joining NLU, he was research associate at the Center for Urban School Improvement at the University of Chicago and curriculum director for the Chicago Public Schools/University of Chicago Internet Project, where he helped develop professional development programs and curriculum for encouraging technology integration in urban public schools. Dr. Cunningham’s recent publications include Curriculum Webs: Weaving the Web into Teaching and Learning (with Marty Billingsley, Allyn & Bacon, 2006) and a chapter on the history of character education in Character Psychology and Character Education (edited by Daniel K. Lapsley and F. Clark Power, Notre Dame Press, 2005).
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