The Diffusion of Information Technology Tools into the Classroom
Thursday, March 10 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
The purpose of this study was to investigate the diffusion of information technology into learning institutions. Everett Rogers made popular the diffusion of innovations in the 1960s and at the same time, Eric Trist and Fred Emery introduced the theory of socio-technical systems. Through these ideas, information technology diffusion and integration has been done successfully. Socio-Technical Systems Methodology was developed through the synthesis of Rogers' and Trist and Emery's work (Kisling, 2006). There are several assertions made from this study. First, this methodology allows institutions the ability to successfully integrate technological change into the organization and the classroom. Second, focusing on the integration of information technology, institutions will be able to successfully update curriculum for the 21st century. Finally, this integration will also allow students to be engaged in the learning process and provide enriched experiences.