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> I just read a interesting article: "Computers in Schools: 10 Points to
> Avoid Past Errors" at
> The it is very short. The summary says "There are good reasons to
> choose the easiest possible uses of computers at the early stages, and
> there are even stronger reasons to pursue relentlessly a policy of
> upgrading these uses as more experience is acquired." Logo is mentioned
> as a worthwhile later use of computers after they have been introduced
> to teachers a drill and practice media.
I had a look at the article, and was left with the feeling that us teachers must be a very obstinate
group of people. The reasons for some difficulties in introducing computers in schools were attributed
to ill-prepared or unwilling-to-change teachers. If computers are going to mean more preparation time,
or potential embarrasment when something goes wrong then they are not used.
Perhaps the 4th point should be to provide teachers with the equipment, the time and a safe
environment in which to develop their own skills, gain experience and share the creative uses they
have discovered with colleagues. Teachers need time to play with the technology. Encouragement for
teachers to gain this experience in conjunction with their students would also help to break down the
fears of being seen as incompetent if unable to deal with problems encountered.
The article is a depressing account of what actually happens with computers in schools. I would hope
that this lowest common denominator approach (or the bottom line ) is soon replaced by the results of
creative and enthusiastic teachers and students "progressively moving to more difficult but more