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ERIC Number: ED430554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-10
Pages: 8
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Donald Norman's "The Invisible Computer" and Its Implications for Education.
Frey, Joanne M.
In "The Invisible Computer," Donald Norman illustrates his theory of invisible computers turning into information appliances with examples of past inventions like the radio, automobile, and phonograph. Second generation computers have evolved as far as technology will allow. At the present time, the technology itself is the driving force behind the production of computers. Computers are being built for the technologists who favor the expansions of technology over ease of use. This phenomenon is described as the period of innovators, followed by early adopters (the first generation of users), late adopters, and laggards/skeptics. Educators belong to the late adopter category; due to high cost, little technological support, and inadequate strategies for integration, schools have lagged behind business in computer implementation. An alternative to the limited number of prepackaged educational software programs is gaining access to the Internet. Examples of how teachers can incorporate the Internet into their classrooms include e-mail, global classrooms, ask-an-expert, information collection, online field trips, and electronic publishing. Until computers become invisible or incorporated into everyday life, the Internet is the medium which will promote fluid interaction between machine and students. (AEF)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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