The Impact of Media and Technology in Schools: A Research Report prepared for The Bertelsmann Foundation

In this article, the author discusses the impact of technology and its role in the K-12 environment. In the introduction he points out that students can learn from technology or learn with technology. I think those are very interesting distinctions as learning from technology seems to imply a more passive and perhaps, seamless, learning, where the student’s awareness of the role of technology may be limited. In the example of tv broadcast education, while it may be interactive to a certain point, for the most part, it is a passive transmission of information from the tv (the ‘box’) to the viewer.

Learning with the technology, seems to indicate an awareness on the part of the student as to the role of technology in their education and a more interactive learning process. Students are actually using the technology vs. viewing the technology.