White Papers on Technology Issues for Educators
During the Spring semester of 1999, a course was offered at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign as part of an online Masters program called CTER: Curriculum, Technology, and Educational Reform. This course, Educational Policy Studies 304: Ethical and Policy Issues in Information Technologies, included an assignment for seven teams, composed entirely of teachers and other K-12 personnel who were part of the course, to develop a set of white papers on a number of issues centrally affecting the ways in which new information and communication technologies are changing schools today.
These papers were revised during June 2002 by the students in Educational Psychology 387 Computer Uses in Education, taught by Jim Levin, with the permission of the orginal authors.
Major changes and updates were added during July 2002 in supplementary pages developed by students in Educational Policy Studies 304, taught by Nicholas Burbules.
Each white paper and its addendum addresses how these issues present educators with a number of difficult challenges and dilemmas in deciding how to incorporate these new technologies wisely and to good educational effect.
A set of projects designed to translate some of these issues into more specific guidelines for policy were completed by students in the Summer 2003 section of EPS 313, taught by Nicholas Burbules. They focused on the four themes of commercialization, filters, intellectual property, and surveillance in schools.
To our knowledge, these resources represent the best overview of these issues, written by and for educators and their particular concerns, available on the Web.
We invite you to use these resources, link to them, and tell others about them. Please be sure to credit the authors who created these resources and the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, which sponsored this course.Original course instructors: