Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Computers, Use and Impact of
John S. Gooden
The phenomenal changes in computer technology have revolutionized the way schools utilize information. The Internet, e-mail, laptop computers, DVDs and CD-ROMs, PDAs (personal digital assistant), digital cameras, scanners, cell phones, copiers, fax machines, and an array of other technologies now make it possible for teachers and students to instantaneously access, store, manipulate, and disseminate information. No longer are students confined to the resources of a single classroom or school; teachers are not the sole disseminators of information; and face-to-face interaction is no longer essential for teaching and learning to take place. The phenomenal technology growth in schools is primarily due to funds provided through the federal government's Education Rate Program (E-rate) that was established in 1996. Under this program, schools and libraries apply for financial support to enhance their Internet access, telecommunication services, and internal connectivity. The amount of support is primarily based on the poverty level and location of ...