Innovative Techniques in Instruction Technology
Rainer Roldan Fiscal
Arcler Education Inc
Traditionally, education has relied on books and such tools as pencil and pen to write on paper to convey knowledge and skills to students throughout the world. This has gone on for many hundred years now. While the handwritten books were replaced by print, yet the requirement of paper for writing books was never replaced by anything that could be better in terms of the purpose that the books were serving. The advent of technology in the 20th century changed all that as the invention of computers has led to an information revolution. Connecting computers together via the world wide web and the provision of high-speed internet has brought about a revolution the transmission of information. Books and newspapers and other such published materials that have served as carriers of information and knowledge are now being gradually replaced by their electronic versions. E-books and e-newspapers are gaining a lot of ground. While all this is happening due to the advent of technology, the educational sector has been immensely affected as well. The development of digital educational technology has had far reaching effects on the teaching methodologies being employed in the schools and colleges all across the world. The United States is also making great strides to make sure that it brings up a generation that would be globally competitive in this highly competitive world and would be able to face challenges from industrial giants and businesses from across the globe. For this purpose, the United States Department of Education has envisioned a National Education Technology plan which forms the basis for the advancement of the K-12 schools in the United States in terms of going through this inevitable digital transformation.The role of libraries in this regard is worth considering. While in the few years preceding the first decade of the 21st century, the jobs of librarians were at stake and their value within the educational chain had diminished, the modern innovative digital educational technology has enabled them to act as curators of the digital content and digital resource materials in the modern age, and their roles albeit changed, have become even more important than ever before. They are not just involved in supporting the users in the libraries in terms of teaching them how to use modern day devices to access information in the library but are also coordinating directly with teachers to assist them in developing technology-assisted lesson plans for the classrooms. The modern times are highly demanding of the use of innovative technology in the field of education, and this is what is exactly happening all across the United States with more and more schools getting high-speed internet and digital learning devices to assist their students in accessing the information and knowledge available in the most efficient and effective way. Schools across the United States are modernizing their digital content and resources and diverting funds from traditional books towards establishing a sound and robust technological infrastructure.
Rainer Roldan Fiscal is an Assistant Professor in Laguna State Polytechnic University, Philippines and Research Coordinator of the College of Teacher Education. He finished Bachelor of Secondary Education major in General Science, Master of Arts in Teaching major in Science and Technology and Doctor of Philosophy in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management. He teaches Biological Science subjects and Professional Education subjects both in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He presented his papers in national and international conferences in the Philippines and abroad. He published his papers in international journals.