[LINK] Teachers Question Critical Study of Classroom Computers
Wed, 27 Sep 2000 19:55:40 +1100 (EST)
Following an earlier article on a study that was critical of
computers in schools, the New York Times has this follow up article.
Teachers Question Critical Study of Classroom Computers
By REBECCA S. WEINER
Elementary school teachers using technology in the field are
questioning a recent study that calls for a "time-out" for computers
in classrooms with young children, saying that the new technology
make their students more eager to learn.
"With some kids, it's a way for them to get excited and learn," said
Beth Lang who teaches second and third grades at Lakewood Elementary
School in Overland Park, Kansas. "To me, it's just like a book. It's
such a part of our everyday use."
But a new study underwritten by the Alliance for Childhood-- "Fools
Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood" – says there is not
enough research into the impact computers could have on the
developing minds and bodies of young children.
"The reason we're calling for a time-out is we think we need to get
more information before we put a computer in front of each kid," said
Edward Miller, co-author of the study and an education policy analyst
based in Cambridge, Mass. "We don't think computers are evil."
See http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/26/technology/27EDUCATION.html for
the full article (registration required).
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