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ThinkMind // ICNS 2012, The Eighth International Conference on Networking and Services // View article icns_2012_8_30_91021


A worldwide descriptive analysis of educational technology use

Authors:
Ronald Kovac
Kirsten Dicerbo

Keywords: educational technology, technology use, global assessment

Abstract:
The use of technology in the education vertical has been with us for as long as educational curricula have. The technology has changed, but the application of the tools to teaching and learning has been constant. From blackboards, to overhead projectors to now, information and communication technologies have permeated the classroom to various extents. Although there are many measures and studies of the use and effectiveness of educational technology in our educational systems, most of these have been limited geographically, politically and economically. These limitations have hindered a broad reaching viewpoint of the use of the technologies and have stopped comparisons and contrasts between different theatres of our world. This study attempted to measure the use of educational technology worldwide within a specific worldwide program. The gathered data allows comparisons and contrasts between use worldwide and within the various technological sectors present in today’s marketplace. The study was conducted in Fall of 2010 with users of the Cisco Networking Academy Program. These users all follow the same curricula, roughly; so, the variability of programs is held relatively constant. Preliminary findings were that use of technology with each theatre of the world was relatively constant with some indications that lower GDP countries had more extensive use of “social networking” software tools and more consideration of flexibility and agility in the classroom.

Pages: 187 to 191

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2012

Publication date: March 25, 2012

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4006

ISBN: 978-1-61208-186-1

Location: St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles

Dates: from March 25, 2012 to March 30, 2012

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