Technology in Arizona: A Summary of the Report to the Arizona Board of Regents
Jennifer LeCrone, Gary Tucker, Elizabeth M. Willis, Penelope Wong, Paul Rowland, Northern Arizona University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The significance of technology in today's society is self-evident. What is less clear is how to ensure that today's children, the workforce of the future, will have the technological literacy and skills to successfully function and support our highly technological society. Public education is charged with the mission of providing the foundation in not only the basic workplace and personal skills of reading, writing, numeracy, language, and communication, but also, "a high level of competence with computers, telecommunications…and the ability to quickly adapt to new technologies and new ways of working" (National Governor's Association, 1999). In considering the charge to prepare a future technological workforce the school's role is to demonstrate technology as an object that is to be used and manipulated. On the other hand, the school's role as society's institution of cultural perpetuation emphasizes the use of technology as a tool for learning. These two roles are not necessarily mutually exclusive but they are distinct and schools must have an idea of which role they play-where, when, and how. It is this situation which shaped the Technology in Arizona study-an overview of the state of technology in Arizona's schools at all levels.
LeCrone, J., Tucker, G., Willis, E.M., Wong, P. & Rowland, P. (2001). Technology in Arizona: A Summary of the Report to the Arizona Board of Regents. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2459-2464). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).