Bridging the gap: Technology trends and use of technology in schools

Cher Ping Lim, Yong Zhao, Jo Tondeur, Ching Sing Chai, Chin Chung Tsai

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Abstract

Considerable investment has been made to bring technology to schools and these investments have indeed resulted in many "success stories." However there are two significant gaps in educational uses of technology that must be addressed. The first is a usage gap. Compared to how and how much today's students use technology outside school, in-school technology usage is much less intensive and extensive. The second is an outcome gap. Compared with the outcomes achieved through investment in technology in sectors outside education, the gains in terms reduced costs and increased productivity achieved by schools is significantly smaller. This article discusses the causes of these two gaps and provides suggestions for bridging them by engaging in discussions about effective teaching and committing to technology planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 30
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Educational uses of technology
  • Effective teaching
  • Outcome gap
  • Technology planning
  • Usage gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Engineering(all)

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