Resources for Student Assessment

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CHAPTER 3
[Everyone Is Important]:
Grade 2 Benchmark Assessment

Using technology to teach and entertain young children has been commonplace since personal computers became a routine home purchase. Using technology with young children in a formal school setting, however, sparked disagreement among educators. Not all of them were convinced of its value.

The controversy reached its height with the publication of the book Failure to Connect (Healy, 1998). Healy accuses education technologists of sitting children in front of computers instead of encouraging brain development through social interaction. In the years since Failure to Connect was published, however, it's become clear that computers are important communication and research tools for students. They aren't just a means to increase their classroom productivity or interact with automated lessons or drill programs.

Most young children interact with many forms of technology before they enter school, and they see computers as tools for exploring, learning, and sharing with others. Computers have become tools for transforming the entire learning process. They're not just a supplement—much less a replacement—for the classroom teacher.

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