Hardware Versus Brainware: Where Are Technology Dollars Being Invested?
Stephen J. Farenga, The City University of New York, United States ; Beverly A. Joyce, Dowling College, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
The literature suggests that technology is the promise for transforming teaching and learning. However, investment in classroom computers and online capabilities significantly surpasses investment in intellectual capital. The purpose of this study was to identify large regional public school districts' funding patterns for technology, hardware, and professional development. Educators' interest and confidence levels regarding the use of hardware, software and telecommunications were also studied. Results indicated that a discrepancy exits between major capital investments versus intellectual capital. It is suggested that a paradigm shift is required in investment from hardware to brainware. Yet, recalling that the Red Queen in "Alice in Wonderland" routinely believed five impossible things before breakfast, we may pause to ponder whether one of them might be the technology revolution in education. After all, where is it? (Salomon & Perkins, 1996)
Farenga, S.J. & Joyce, B.A. (2001). Hardware Versus Brainware: Where Are Technology Dollars Being Invested?. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 9(3), 313-319. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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