Online charter schools also often are not limited by location, income level or class size in the way brick and mortar charter schools are. E-learning also has been rising as a supplement to the traditional classroom. Students with special talents or interests outside of the available curricula use e-learning to advance their skills or exceed grade restrictions. National private schools are also available online.
These provide the benefits of e-learning to students in states where charter online schools are not available. They also may allow students greater flexibility and exemption from state testing. Some of these schools are available at the high school level and offer college prep courses to students.
Virtual education in K schooling often refers to virtual schools , and in higher education to virtual universities.
Virtual schools are "cyber charter schools "  with innovative administrative models and course delivery technology. Education technology also seems to be an interesting method of engaging gifted youths that are under-stimulated in their current educational program. Although a large proportion of for-profit higher education institutions now offer online classes, only about half of private, non-profit schools do so.
Private institutions may become more involved with on-line presentations as the costs decrease. Properly trained staff must also be hired to work with students online. Online education is rapidly increasing, and online doctoral programs have even developed at leading research universities. Although massive open online courses MOOCs may have limitations that preclude them from fully replacing college education,  such programs have significantly expanded.
MIT , Stanford and Princeton University offer classes to a global audience, but not for college credit. MOOCs have not had a significant impact on higher education and declined after the initial expansion, but are expected to remain in some form. E-learning is being used by companies to deliver mandatory compliance training and updates for regulatory compliance , soft skills and IT skills training, continuing professional development CPD and other valuable workplace skills.
Companies with spread out distribution chains use e-learning for delivering information about the latest product developments. Most of corporate e-learning is asynchronous and delivered and managed via learning management systems. There is an important need for recent, reliable, and high-quality health information to be made available to the public as well as in summarized form for public health providers. Another application in public health is the development of mHealth use of mobile telecommunication and multimedia into global public health.
MHealth has been used to promote prenatal and newborn services, with positive outcomes.
In addition, "Health systems have implemented mHealth programs to facilitate emergency medical responses, point-of-care support, health promotion and data collection. Effective technology use deploys multiple evidence-based strategies concurrently e. Modern educational technology can improve access to education,  including full degree programs. Using online resources can help students spend more time on specific aspects of what they may be learning in school, but at home. The necessity to pay for transport to the educational facility is removed.
Students appreciate the convenience of e-learning, but report greater engagement in face-to-face learning environments. According to James Kulik, who studies the effectiveness of computers used for instruction, students usually learn more in less time when receiving computer-based instruction and they like classes more and develop more positive attitudes toward computers in computer-based classes.
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Students editing their written work on word processors improve the quality of their writing. According to some studies, the students are better at critiquing and editing written work that is exchanged over a computer network with students they know. Employers' acceptance of online education has risen over time.
Seventy-nine percent said they had employed a candidate with an online degree in the past 12 months. The use of educational apps generally has a positive effect on learning. Pre- and post- tests reveal that the use of apps on mobile devices reduces the achievement gap between struggling and average students. The benefits of app-assisted learning have been exhibited in all age groups.
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Kindergarten students that use iPads show much higher rates of literacy than non-users. Globally, factors like change management, technology obsolescence and vendor- developer partnership are major restraints that are hindering the growth of Educational technology market. In US, state and the federal government increased funding, as well as private venture capital has been flowing into education sector. However, as of [update] , none were looking at technology return on investment ROI to connect expenditures on technology with improved student outcomes.
New technologies are frequently accompanied by unrealistic hype and promise regarding their transformative power to change education for the better or in allowing better educational opportunities to reach the masses. Examples include silent film, broadcast radio, and television, none of which have maintained much of a foothold in the daily practices of mainstream, formal education.
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It needs to be recognized as "ecological" rather than "additive" or "subtractive". In this ecological change, one significant change will create total change. According to Branford et al. Published in the Journal of Pediatrics , a University of Washington study on the vocabulary of babies surveyed over 1, parents in Washington and Minnesota.
The study found that for every one hour that babies 8—16 months of age watched DVDs and Videos they knew fewer of 90 common baby words than the babies that did not watch them. Andrew Meltzoff, a surveyor in this study states that the result makes sense, that if the baby's "alert time" is spent in front of DVDs and TV, instead of with people speaking, the babies are not going to get the same linguistic experience. Dimitri Chistakis, another surveyor reported that the evidence is mounting that baby DVDs are of no value and may be harmful.
Adaptive instructional materials tailor questions to each student's ability and calculate their scores, but this encourages students to work individually rather than socially or collaboratively Kruse, Social relationships are important but high-tech environments may compromise the balance of trust, care and respect between teacher and student. Massively open online courses MOOCs , although quite popular in discussions of technology and education in developed countries more so in the US , are not a major concern in most developing or low-income countries.
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With the Internet and social media, using educational apps makes the students highly susceptible to distraction and sidetracking. Even though proper use has shown to increase student performances, being distracted would be detrimental. Another disadvantage is increased potential for cheating. Smartphones can be very easy to hide and use inconspicuously, especially if their use is normalized in the classroom.
These disadvantages can be managed with strict rules and regulations on mobile phone use. Electronic devices such as cellphones and computers facilitate rapid access to a stream of sources, each of which may receive cursory attention. Michel Rich, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and executive director of the center on Media and Child Health in Boston, said of the digital generation, "Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task, but for jumping to the next thing. The worry is we're raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.
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Although these technologies affect adults too, young people may be more influenced by it as their developing brains can easily become habituated to switching tasks and become unaccustomed to sustaining attention. Technology is "rapidly and profoundly altering our brains. This leads to heightened stress levels on the brain that, at first, boost energy levels, but, over time, actually augment memory, impair cognition, lead to depression, alter the neural circuitry of the hippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex. These are the brain regions that control mood and thought.
If unchecked, the underlying structure of the brain could be altered. When children are exposed before the age of seven, important developmental tasks may be delayed, and bad learning habits might develop, which "deprives children of the exploration and play that they need to develop. According to Lai, "the learning environment is a complex system where the interplay and interactions of many things impact the outcome of learning.
If technology monopolizes an activity, students can begin to develop the sense that "life would scarcely be thinkable without technology. Leo Marx considered the word "technology" itself as problematic,  susceptible to reification and "phantom objectivity", which conceals its fundamental nature as something that is only valuable insofar as it benefits the human condition.
Technology ultimately comes down to affecting the relations between people, but this notion is obfuscated when technology is treated as an abstract notion devoid of good and evil. Langdon Winner makes a similar point by arguing that the underdevelopment of the philosophy of technology leaves us with an overly simplistic reduction in our discourse to the supposedly dichotomous notions of the "making" versus the "uses" of new technologies, and that a narrow focus on "use" leads us to believe that all technologies are neutral in moral standing.
Winner viewed technology as a "form of life" that not only aids human activity, but that also represents a powerful force in reshaping that activity and its meaning. In education, standardized testing has arguably redefined the notions of learning and assessment. We rarely explicitly reflect on how strange a notion it is that a number between, say, 0 and could accurately reflect a person's knowledge about the world.
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According to Winner, the recurring patterns in everyday life tend to become an unconscious process that we learn to take for granted. Winner writes,. By far the greatest latitude of choice exists the very first time a particular instrument, system, or technique is introduced.
Because choices tend to become strongly fixed in material equipment, economic investment, and social habit, the original flexibility vanishes for all practical purposes once the initial commitments are made. In that sense, technological innovations are similar to legislative acts or political foundings that establish a framework for public order that will endure over many generations.
When adopting new technologies, there may be one best chance to "get it right. Now that typing has become a digital process, this is no longer an issue, but the QWERTY arrangement lives on as a social habit, one that is very difficult to change. Neil Postman endorsed the notion that technology impacts human cultures, including the culture of classrooms, and that this is a consideration even more important than considering the efficiency of a new technology as a tool for teaching. What we need to consider about the computer has nothing to do with its efficiency as a teaching tool.
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We need to know in what ways it is altering our conception of learning, and how in conjunction with television, it undermines the old idea of school. There is an assumption that technology is inherently interesting so it must be helpful in education; based on research by Daniel Willingham, that is not always the case. He argues that it does not necessarily matter what the technological medium is, but whether or not the content is engaging and utilizes the medium in a beneficial way.
The concept of the digital divide is a gap between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not. According to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation , large amounts of personal data on children is collected by electronic devices that are distributed in schools in the United States. Often far more information than necessary is collected, uploaded and stored indefinitely. Aside name and date of birth, this information can include the child's browsing history, search terms, location data, contact lists, as well as behavioral information. Since technology is not the end goal of education, but rather a means by which it can be accomplished, educators must have a good grasp of the technology and its advantages and disadvantages.
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