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ERIC Number: ED441600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 14
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Integrating Technology in a Montessori Classroom.
Love, Arlene; Sikorski, Pat
The importance of the prepared environment to the Montessori educational philosophy necessitates careful teacher training to successfully implement computer technology in the Montessori classroom. This paper explores the views and experiences of 11 Montessori teachers in integrating computers in their classroom. The paper maintains that Maria Montessori would likely embrace computer technology in the classroom and that the current question should be when, where, and how children should be introduced to computer experiences rather than whether they should be exposed to computers. The concerns of Montessorians with regard to educational technology are presented, including insecurity when encountering the unknown and concerns about diluting the purity of the Montessori philosophy and method. The paper also lists characteristics of computer software that should be considered in software selection. Benefits of appropriate computer software are described. Also detailed are the impressions of 11 Montessori public school educators who evaluated the use of iMac software specifically and educational technology generally. The teachers suggested that computer software may complement the Montessori curriculum and allow the child to move to a more abstract level after mastering the Montessori manipulatives. Teachers generally used the iMac software to support the program through research or extensions of lessons. Almost all the teachers agreed that technology reflects the Montessori philosophy because children need to adapt and be knowledgeable about technology. The paper concludes with a discussion of the use of the Internet. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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