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video conferencing help education, also Microsoft has created new programs for designed for educational purposes, Some of these are “Encarta World Atlas” and “Encarta Encyclopedia.” “These two particular programs make learning easier and more enjoyable, all because of the use of the CD- ROM device” (Keen 100). Instead of looking for a particular country and simply finding out where it is in a regular atlas, students can type in the name of that country, and not only will they find out where it is faster, but they will obtain more information about that particular country. Instead of having volumes and volumes of heavy encyclopedias, Microsoft has place all of these massive books into one light CD. This CD is much simpler than the unpleasant job of flipping page by

page just to read about an uninteresting topic, such as history. But, with the use of this CD, not only do you receive regular information, but you may also view videos about certain people and battles. This makes education an enjoyable task. With “Microsoft Works” student will be able to cut and paste their way to make interesting multimedia research documents. Writing reports on a type-writer was a displeasing way to write term papers especially if that student runs out of white-out. This computer program offers a spell-check, thesaurus, and other helpful features which make writing that term paper easier. These particular programs by Microsoft are only a few of the educational programs available to students. “The successful use of technology in a few classrooms is not

enough, because developing a successful technology using school requires careful planning and must be a school wide priority with broad support from the community” (Dyril & Kinnaman 48). The traditional top-down, uniform distribution approach is almost never the best way because it limits innovation and development fails to provide equity and does not reflect the characteristics of the school community. Most educational boards should be open to any new idea that technology has to offer. It would not be fair for a student in a particular city to get a better education than another student in a another city. Technology is not meant to replace teachers, it is there only to serve students to make tedious tasks easier. Therefore, this technology should be offered to every

student trying to get ahead of the competition. In doing this, it not only needs the support of teachers, but it also requires support from communities. If technology in schools receives the support from entire communities, students in any area would be able to keep up with the competition. Some of today?s schools are hindered by an under-powered technology based curriculum and, in order to stay competitive, the American educational system must do a better job of integrating. Teachers must take a leadership position in designing and implementing a technology powered classroom curriculum, investing time and energy to become familiar with available resources. The faculty at most schools should create a set of individual goals, including developing basic skills, defining core

content and thinking creatively and clearly. Technology enriches curriculum by increasing the value and power of traditional classroom techniques within the boundaries of school structure and schedules. Technology can also improve writing with the use of new word processing programs that provide easy to use tools that are not normally available in the classroom. Technology is able to help students in a variety of ways. By making learning more enjoyable and less tedious, student will want to learn and will not see education as such a difficult responsibility. Dyril, Odvard. “Technology in Education: Getting the Upper Hand.” Technology & Leaning. January 1995. Vol. 15, pp. 38-46 Holzberg, Carol. “Technology in Special Education.” Technology & Learning. February

1995. Vol. 15, pp.18-23 Keen, Peter. “Network Computers: Do it for the Children.” Computerworld. 16 December 1996. Vol.30, pp. 100 Kinnaman, Daniel. “Taking Attendance is not the Goal.” Technology & Learning. October 1995. Vol. 16, pp. 78 Mehlinger, Howard. “Technology Takeover Attenuated” Education Digest. May 1996. Vol. 61, pp. 25-29 Thornburg, David. “An Active Agreement.” Electronic Learning. October 1994. Vol.14, Vol. 14, pp. 22-24 Leigh 1