The use of technology in science education is more that just having a computer and accessing the Internet. Science education relies on the use of scientific technology. Students can best understand science by using computers, the Internet, CBL's, temperature probes, projection panels, telescopes, microscopes, pH meters, Geiger counters, rheostats, oscilloscopes, lasers, air tables, spectrophotometer, glassware, VCR's, graphing calculators, electronic balances and the other tools of science in observing, classifying, inferring and experimenting in class. A science class without the tools of science cannot adequately practice science.
Each science teacher needs a computer, projection panel, overhead, and scientific probes to demonstrate science programs or experiments. Five additional computers are recommended as a minimum for student work for a classroom to begin to compete with the better 7-12 schools.
Regardless of its type or complexity, technology is a tool. Its effectiveness as an instrument of scientific learning is derived from the teachers and students who use it. The criteria for success of technology in the science classroom relates to the questions: Is it to improve student learning? Is it to increase the effectiveness and efficient of the science teachers and to expose students to the technology that is or will be the norm in their work or lives? Each state department and local school district needs to develop a plan of how, when, and what to purchase in scientific technology over time.
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