ABSTRACT

Incorporating technology into the classroom encourages and provides a means for teachers to interact and communicate with one another. They also become "managers of instruction, not presenters of information"(p. 152) and function as a team member sharing ideas and communicating those ideas. Technology encourages students to learn on their own and in groups, and to play an active role in their own learning. "Technology should be employed to manage leaming as weIl as diagnose, present and evaluate it."(p. 151)

In our everyday lives, we are touched by technology; for example, when we use acharge card, or go the bank and use a cash flow card to withdraw money, or when we call the bank to get a list of deposits and/or withdrawals, we use technology. We use cards when we put gas in our cars and then pay the amount registered. When we go the the library to find a book and use the card catalog we use the computer to find the location and whether the book is on the shelf or checked out. When we go to the paint store to select paint, there is a computer that takes an image of a room and paints it the color we selected. We can get a picture right there in the store. When we redesign a kitchen or a house, we can go to the design center and use the computer to put everything together and get a picture of what it will look like. As consumers we need a basic understanding of what we can use the technology for and how it benefits uso

This need translates into using computers as a tool for teaching and leaming. There is a fascination with interesting ways of teaching, and the computer is used as an "amplifier" which makes teaching more powerful. It may be a catalyst for better education. From the students' perspectives, computer-based learning might challenge students to think about what they know and to challenge their misconceptions. (Fiske, Smart Schools, Smart Kids, 1991, p. 150)

When the composition of our society changes and cultures blend to form a new society, and as the family changes, the needs of our children change. Education must become part of the solution to the problems that arise. As we shift from an industrial society to an information society, we need to use technology as part of the restructuring of the education process. There is overwhelming evidence that education is in astate of change. These changes manifest themselves in the basic institution of education by way of free choice, in the role of the individual school through site-based management, and in the very essence of dayto-day education in the interaction between teacher and student. We believe that for a significant change to occur, all three must happen and must have the support of educators, students, parents, and the communities schools serve. Our schools must meet the needs of society and prepare our students for a future in that society.