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Dana S. Dunn, Janie H. Wilson, James Freeman, and Jeffrey R. Stowell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733187.001.0001

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Approach or Avoidance?

Approach or Avoidance?

Understanding Technology’s Place in Teaching and Learning

(p.17) 2 Approach or Avoidance?
Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning

Dana S. Dunn

Janie H. Wilson

James E. Freeman

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the costs and benefits of integrating new technologies into the classroom. It begins by discussing the potential benefits that technology provides within and beyond traditional classrooms. It then tempers enthusiasm for technology by raising some caveats that educators should consider. Following arguments both pro and con, it offers suggestions on how teachers should go about deciding which technology to use, how much of it, and why. It makes the case that whenever new technologies are introduced, teachers should carefully assess the educational benefit of these tools where student learning is concerned. Educators need to do a cost-benefit analysis before deciding to adopt a new technology. The chapter concludes by recommending that technology's role in any course should be periodically re-evaluated.

Keywords:   new technology, education, classroom, teaching, learning, teachers, cost-benefit analysis

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