The best method for improving educational standards is to utilize every tool
available, including state-of-the-art technology. Computers and the Internet have
expanded the way in which education can be delivered to the students of today.
Today's networking technologies provide a valuable opportunity to the practice of
learning techniques. Educators are discovering that computers and multi-based
educational tools are facilitating learning and enhancing social interaction. Computer
based telecommunications can offer enormous instructional opportunities, but
educators will need to adapt current lesson plan to incorporate this new medium into
all the classrooms. The only problem is that some of today's schools are hindered by
an under-powered technology based curriculum and, in order to stay competitive, the
American educational system must do a better job of integrating.
Computers have made a fundamental change in most industries, providing a
competitive advantage that has come to be essential to stay in business. Therefore,
education must also use technology to improve the educational process instead of
simply applying it to existing structures.
School systems often consider acquiring an
enterprise computer network, but justify its purchase by applying it to routine
administrative tasks, or take period by period attendance. Although these tasks are
important, they only represent a small part of what technology can do for an
educational institution. Technology must go beyond just keeping attendance, it must
focus on keeping students interested and productive. 'Curriculum improvement is the
best strategy to prevent dropouts; technology is especially useful in this regard'
(Kinnaman 78). Technology can provide a unique and compelling curriculum
resource, that challenges every student.
The Clinton administration has taken steps towards improving educational
standards via its 'Goals 2000: Educate America Act of 1994' (Thornburg 23).
However, several interpretations of the Act never mention the use of technology.
Advocates of the Act need to realize that...