Open Access Graduate Research Paper
In this paper, the importance of integrating technology into science education is discussed. The correlation between technology and science is noted and national science standards are examined. The evolution of today's learners requires a change in science education, and technology can serve as a vehicle for meaningful reform. The starting point for any change in science education lies with the teacher, who must adopt new strategies to meet the needs of all types of learners. Various examples of these teaching plans are discussed within this paper. Other important components of the change process include school administration support, especially financial. These considerations are discussed as they relate to planning for reform. Several examples of technologies available to science educators are discussed, including computer laboratory interfacing systems and simulations. Computer research and presentation tools, namely computer Internet access and multimedia software, are other technologies widely used by science educators. Distance education and its potential impact are discussed, noting advantages and disadvantages of these systems. Other technologies, from drill and practice software to videodisc players, are examined. Concern for special students, e.g. learning disabled, must be discussed before any technology is adopted and integrated. Care should also be taken to meet the national standards for technology and science. These are the important components of any plan for integrating technology into the science classroom.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Sharon E. Smaldino
Robert R. Hardman
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©1998 Paul Zahner
Zahner, Paul, "Integration of Technology into Science Education" (1998). Graduate Research Papers. 1832.