Technology in the Classroom: Overcoming Obstacles, Reaping Rewards

By Sharlett Gillard and Denice Bailey.

Published by The Learner Collection

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There is no doubt that information technology (IT) has undergone a major transformation in the past few years. Today’s students are saturated with IT before they even reach the classroom: their extensive use of cell phones, PDAs, personal computers, MP3 players, and so many other gadgets—both for educational and entertainment purposes— sets them apart from yesteryear’s students who were much less immersed in technology. It stands to reason, then, that with their advanced prior knowledge, these students expect their educational experience to carry them even further into the wonderful world of technology. Not only are IT educators expected to be up-to-date with the latest innovations, but educators in every area and every grade level are now expected to incorporate technology into the classroom experience. What obstacles will this transition present, and are the rewards really worth the investment? The authors posit that once the obstacles and rewards are weighed, the benefits of adopting IT innovations are well worth the required investments.

Keywords: Technology Adoption, Diffusion of Technology, Education, Barriers to Technology Diffusion

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.87-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 512.271KB).

Dr. Sharlett Gillard

Professor of CIS, College of Business, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana, USA

Denice Bailey

Classroom Teacher, Dickson Middle School, Dickson County School System, Dickson, Tennessee, USA


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