Preparing Teachers and Schools for the 21st Century in the Integration of Information and Communication Technologies. Review of Recent Report in the U.S.

Sonia Lara

Abstract


The year 1996, marked the initiation of the project Getting America’s Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge (U.S. Department of Education) which was based on four pillars: providing schools with adequate hardware, access to the internet, software, and training for teachers. The grant program aimed to integrate technology in the field of education in the 21st century. From this moment on, many have elaborated reports in an attempt to measure the success of this plan as well as the comment on the state of Schools, teachers, and Schools of Education insofar as their use and implementation of technology.
This article endeavours to create a synthesis of the predominant opinions presented by academics in the second half of the 1990’s and the first years of the new millennium, about the introduction of technology into the classroom as proposed by this plan, and will, in some cases, call for their revisions. At the same time, the writing assesses, from a perspective enriched by time, exactly how much of what was suggested by the educational experts was actually put into effect.

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