Instructional technology: A tool or a panacea?

Howard Kimmel, Fadi E. Deek

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It is time to recognize that educational technology cannot be considered a panacea for educational reform. Technology, when properly used, can be a very effective tool for improving and enhancing instruction and learning experiences in the content areas. However, incorporation of electronic tools, such as computers and videodiscs, into classrooms must be accompanied by systemic change in the educational process. Successful utilization of technology depends on how we provide teachers with the necessary environment for training, tools for instruction, and technology evaluation skills. This paper examines some of the misuses of technology and then explores the appropriate use of technology in the context of current educational reform. The focus is on the integration of technology in the educational process that provides a learning environment allowing discovery and creativity through the use of computer visualizations. The teacher is seen as the essential element, requiring a solid foundation in the general applications of technology, and the ability to evaluate and select systems that are effective and efficient for specific applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-332
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Science Education and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Engineering


  • Computer Applications
  • Educational Technology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Teacher Training
  • Technology Integration


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