ERIC Number: ED227838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep-28
Reference Count: 0
Electronics in Education: Impact of Technology on Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning.
Smith, Stuart L.
The inabilitiy of the traditional education system to pay attention to the individual needs of students has been a central obstacle to effective education since the demand for universal education first led to the formation of rigidly-structured, large schools and classrooms. Use of computers now removes the need to teach all students the same material, in the same way, at the same time. Therefore, new approaches to assessing student progress and achievement may be needed, as well as new perceptions of what constitutes an educational institution. However, if the computer is introduced into the present institutions without major changes in teaching methods, teacher training and expectations, and administrative structure, then the power of these machines to aid education will be dissipated. Computers can be used to improve effectiveness and productivity, to teach basic skills requiring drill and practice, to provide an alternative to textbooks, and to free educators to effectively teach students to use information to solve specific problems. However, computers must not be used simply to automate the mistakes of the past. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Science Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: Speech presented to the Canadian Education Association (Toronto, Canada, September 28, 1982).