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Contemporary Approaches in Education

Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan

Contemporary Approaches in Education presents papers of the Fifth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Sixth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. The contributions deal with a wide range of educational issues, namely teaching and learning, educational policy and school psychology.
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The Role of Technology in Teaching Activities: Web Based Teaching Applications

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Introduction

Today, using technology has become an obligation, not a privilege. Technology changes on a daily basis, and just like in daily life, it can be used in response to the needs of education and instruction settings (Van Wyk & Louw, 2008). Technological developments have an impact on the structures and functions of educational institutions. The quality of use of technology influences both the quality of life (Li & Perkins, 2007) and education (Ferdig, 2006). Technology brings daily life into the education setting, provides tools to improve learning, and increases opportunities for students and teachers for feedback, deliberation, and improvement (Bransford, Brown & Cocking, 2000). For the individuals to adapt the technological advancements into their daily lives, they need to be brought up acquainted with technology through formal and informal educational means (Çepni, 2005). The pre-service teachers, who are the candidates for being the teachers of the future, should be able to both possess advanced skills in the facilitation of technology and use those technologies at an optimum level of productivity in teaching-learning processes.

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