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Computers effective?

Computers not working in education
Quote: “Despite record investment in computers in the USA and UK, recent studies (not the ones funded by educational software companies) have shown a significant drop in core subjects (Math, English) in schools that place strong emphasis on Information Technology. Evidence also suggests that whilst information technology has great potential in the classroom, teachers have not yet found better use for computers than as a big library. Very few schools have been able to use the new technology for cultural exchange, or to build practical educational networks with other schools. Teachers do not know whether computers should be seen as an exciting but peripheral educational ‘accessory’, or if computers can actually be used to solve the most pressing problems of literacy and numeracy – the sorts of things that get kids through exams.”
Comment: Very significant question(s): what is the role of computers in education?…and how is effectiveness measured? I hold to the view that computers are tools – used based on intended tasks/objectives. Consider books for example…by themselves they are quite nuetral, having little impact on education. However, when an instructor combines the content in books with activities, discussions, and projects, learning “happens”. Books play an economic and time saving role: ensuring quality resources (ideas that have been researched and explored by professionals in the field) and freeing up instructor time to make learning come alive, rather than re-writing/exploring the concepts.
The same holds true for computers. They aren’t effective/ineffective by themselves. Their value comes from proper use…and this is an issue of administration’s vision for technology (versus tech for tech’s sake) and instructor’s skill/competence of enacting learning through the use of computers. Computers/technology do not comprise the entire education experience…they are enablers. The goal is always learning…