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Technology and Education

There is an apparent but misleading simplicity to the concept of technology in education. Yet technology plays multiple roles in education and needs to be understood in terms of how it integrates with the entire learning ecosystem.

To a contemporary educator, “technology” may simply imply the use of computers, perhaps in the guise of the Web, tablet computers, or digital cameras. Yet for a previous generation, “technology” meant other audiovisual tools, such as slide projectors or tape recorders. So conceived, technology might mean any device designed to make learning more effective. The focus then is on the benefits and costs of introducing that device into a classroom. Usually, the device so introduced is new for the user. Thus, a network router is a technology, but a ...

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