Computers, Curriculum, and Cultural Change: An Introduction for Teachers

Computers, Curriculum, and Cultural Change: An Introduction for Teachers

Computers, Curriculum, and Cultural Change: An Introduction for Teachers

Computers, Curriculum, and Cultural Change: An Introduction for Teachers

Synopsis

Computers, Curriculum, and Cultural Change is a comprehensive introduction to using computers in K-12 settings. It includes not only the "nuts and bolts" of educational computing and up-to-date coverage of hardware and software issues, but is distinguished by its emphasis on the deeper questions of how computers are redefining the way we teach and learn. More specifically, the questions addressed include:

• how computers are changing our culture and society;

• how they are changing the traditional curriculum, the work of teachers, and the work done in schools;

• the use of computers as tools for increasing efficiency and productivity in the curriculum; and

• the concept that the computer is not only a tool for efficiency, but actually a means of enhancing our intelligence.

Supported by its own Web site, with links to major computer and educational sites, Computers, Curriculum, and Cultural Change includes many special features, such as case studies, activities for reflective practice, model curriculum plans, questions for discussion, software evaluation models, and model acceptable use policies.

Excerpt

A Brief History of Computing, The Microcomputer Revolution, Parallels Between the Gutenberg and the Contemporary Computer Revolution, The Computer as a "Singularity," The Computer as "Augmenting" Intelligence

Understanding how the educational use of computers Influences our pattern of thinking, and thus contributes to changes in the symbolic underpinnings of the culture, should be considered an essential aspect of computer literacy. -- C. A. Bowers

At the beginning of The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer (1993),Seymour Papert, mathematician and inventor of the computer language Logo, asked the reader to imagine a party of time travelers from an earlier century. For the sake of argument, assume that Papert's time travelers are from 1897. The group includes surgeons and schoolteachers. Papert has us imagine the surgeons visiting a hospital operating room. Almost everything they see would be new and confusing. Techniques used for sterilizing operating tools, anesthesia, and electronic monitoring devices would be totally unknown to them.

Most of what the schoolteachers from 1897 would see when visiting an elementary school would be familiar. The desks and furniture in the classroom would appear about the same. They would be able to recognize a modern textbook as being similar to the books they used. Most of the techniques and methods employed by today's teachers would probably make sense to them . . .

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