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ERIC Number: ED201305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
The Learner and the Computer.
Ayers, George E.
The revolution in computers begun in the mid 1950's will help education to meet the new challenges of the future generated by the predicted drastic declines in student enrollment and by changes in the types of learners served. Projects such as PLATO and TICCIT have proved that computers can provide useful and timely instruction for such learners as the disadvantaged, part-time adults, the handicapped, and school dropouts, groups which will comprise a large segment of the educational population in the future. Computers can present instruction in developmental skills at a variety of levels, as well as more complex models of simulation, inquiry, and dialogue. While the games industry has led in this direction, teachers themselves are now not only learning to program and develop courseware, but are also initiating regional and national resource networks for sharing materials. The computer can also provide instruction for the handicapped through special input and output devices designed to increase their communication skills. Increased use of computers in the home, as well as for instructional purposes, will result in increased motivation for all learners, especially those young people who are potential high school dropouts. (BK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Computer Based Education (Bloomington, MN, October 23-25, 1980).