Education and Technology

A discussion of the nature of the relationship between education and technology at elementary school level.

This paper determines in what areas of primary education technology can be most profitably employed and examines how high-tech devices can best be used to educate elementary schoolchildren. It reviews several literary articles on the topic and examines the advantages of computers in science education. It concludes by stating that in light of the research, we are failing to provide the kind of scientific education that will help give to children the intellectual tools that they need to succeed in life in a culture that is each day more pervaded by science and mathematics.
“High-tech tools in the teaching of science may also help teachers instill a high degree of scientific literacy in their students through helping teachers avoid the tendency to present scientific information as isolated facts that must be memorized. As Lingelbach & Purcell (2000) argue, science is both most engaging and most easily learned by the young when scientific knowledge is introduced as a collection of interrelated facts. Kuykendall (1992) summarizes the case for the especial importance of multi-pronged, integrated approach to science for minority students.”