Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

An essay about the use of technology in education. Written for HIS 324: History of American Education.


Technology in the Classroom



Introducing technology in the classroom was an important movement for education reform.  Jeff Utecht (2008) discusses how to evaluate the use of technology in the classroom using questions based on Marc Prensky's (n.d.) "process of technical adoption" (cited in Utecht, 2008, para. 4).  Technology in the classroom is an educational reform that has not only survived the passage of time, but that has also flourished and expanded with the development of new technologies.  From the early introduction of adding machines and typewriters, we have advanced to "[p]ublishing a piece of writing in Word ... using an LCD projector instead of a white/black board ... researching on the Internet ... [and] visiting a battle site via Google Earth" (Utecht, 2008, paras. 8-12).  Technology in the classroom, when it is used appropriately, can significantly improve and enhance the educational experience.  Utecht (2008) cautions, however, that if "a teacher is only ever 'dabbling' or doing 'Old things in Old ways'" (para. 23), then technology may not be contributing to that teacher's classroom in an optimal way.  In order for technology in the classroom to continue to grow from a movement in education reform to an integral part of modern education, teachers need to understand the available technologies and to teach students to take advantage of the full educational potential of the technologies.



Utecht, J. (2008, January 23).  Evaluating technology use in the classroom.  Retrieved January 26,        2010, from


© 2017 Debbie Barry

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Added on November 10, 2017
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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..