ERIC Number: ED238410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Computers.
Computers may change teachers' lifestyles, teaching styles, and perhaps even their personal values. A brief survey of the history of computers demonstrates the incredible pace at which computer technology is moving ahead. The cost and size of microchips will continue to decline dramatically over the next 20 years, while the capability and variety of use will continue to grow unabated. There are three basic challenges for teachers with regard to computers. First, they must learn as much as possible in this new and growing field. Second, they must open the way for students to effectively learn to utilize this technology, and finally, they must teach students to use microcomputers wisely. Computer uses in education can be categorized as computer assisted instruction, computer literacy, or computer science. In using the computer, difficulties to overcome include providing sufficient hardware, appropriate software and adequate teacher training; changes in the curriculum; and the need for supportive school trustees and administrators. As changes occur, greater attention will have to be given to social and personal values. Predictions concerning the future are difficult to make; however, the potential influences and implications of the new technologies and computers in society do raise a series of difficult questions. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education
Note: Paper presented at Confluence '83 of the Association of Media and Technology in Education in Canada (Montreal, Canada, June 20-22, 1983).