ERIC Number: ED240704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Computer Metaphors: Approaches to Computer Literacy for Educators.
Peelle, Howard A.
Because metaphors offer ready perspectives for comprehending something new, this document examines various metaphors educators might use to help students develop computer literacy. Metaphors described are the computer as person (a complex system worthy of respect), tool (perhaps the most powerful and versatile known to humankind), brain (both brain and computer being excellent control devices), map (showing the locations and connections between various centers of knowledge), glass box (intended to reveal rather than conceal), vitamin (providing some essential vitamins for the educational diet), palette (for the creative artist), mentor (having some of the qualities of a good teacher), and catalyst (for revitalizing education). Among other computer literacy metaphors briefly noted are the computer as hydraulic system, pupil, toy, and idol. The document concludes that educators must think about how to go beyond metaphor to a more substantial understanding of computer science, information theory, and applications of advanced technology. (PB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computers, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Metaphors
Publications, International Council for Computers in Education, 1787 Agate Street, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($6.00 prepaid; quantity discounts; on non-prepaid orders, add $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: International Council for Computers in Education, Eugene, OR.