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ERIC Number: ED224111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
What's So Different about Microcomputers?
Podemski, Richard S.
The potential benefits of microcomputer adoption in education occur because of the low cost, ease of use, and versatility of microcomputers. The microcomputer has simplified the development of both computer-assisted and computer-managed instruction. Teaching computing is easier because the microcomputer becomes the object of instruction as well as the medium of instruction. Finally, since the microcomputer is a general purpose computing machine, it can be used for many functions. The effect of microcomputer implementation can occur along a continuum of supplementing, complementing, and supplanting instruction. Interaction with a microcomputer can affect students by developing confidence, knowledge, and a life skill. Use of the microcomputer will result in saving teachers' time and helping students advance from memorization to higher level skills. Issues and problems that may determine whether the potential of using microcomputers is ever realized include teacher adoption and the development of teacher skills, the availability of software, and the compatibility among hardware. A significant problem will be ensuring equity so that the disadvantaged have equal access to computer literacy. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (36th, San Marcos, TX, August 15-20, 1982). May reproduce poorly in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document.