Telecommunications in Education
April 14, 2006
Telecommunications is an integral part of today’s society. A growing number of people are becoming more and more familiar with how to use technology to better every aspect of their lives. One important area that can be enhanced by telecommunications is education. Students, teachers, administration, and the community can benefit from increasing access to technology.
Research cited by Mull and Sitlington in the Journal of Special Education (2003) shows that “specific coping skills or strategies that appear to have been learned by students in high school often are not maintained over time.” Today’s technology may be one way to help students with learning disabilities be successful in school. Technology that can be used in the classroom to help students achieve include voice recognition software, Macros, scanner, word processing programs, large-print processors, graphic programs, concept mapping programs, PDA’s, noise-blocking headsets, and talking dictionaries and calculators. Mull and Sitlington explore the uses of these technologies at the post-secondary level, but all of these can be successfully used in the elementary or secondary classroom. Students with disabilities have Individualized Education Program’s that outline specific goals for that particular student. In today’s rich technological environment one of the best ways to meet those goals is to provide students with technology that will assist them. Most of the programs available can be used within the regular classroom and do not interfere with the education of other students. Most importantly, these programs and devices allow students with disabilities the ability to perform successfully (Mull and Sitlington, 2003).
Telecommunications can also be used to enhance learning in the classroom through distance learning where students interact with concrete material. The classroom has changed from the traditional role...