ERIC Number: EJ1000715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Computers in Education: Interesting, but How Relevant?
Blaschke, Charles L.
Educational Technology, v52 n1 p52-54 Jan-Feb 2012
For a society so adept in developing advanced technology, people have been grossly inept and negligent in concocting organizations and devising political and managerial innovations to apply technology effectively. This is true particularly in education, where technological innovations, including applications of computers, stagnate without effective management and political planning. The status of computers in education is as follows: (1) The vast majority of the developments in applications of computers in education have been most interesting indeed, but not too relevant to the major problems in education today; (2) The technological developments in the field of computers in education are far outstripping the efforts to create an environment which is conducive to constructive change in public education, a fundamental prerequisite for the "effective" application of sophisticated technology; and (3) At hand is a crossroad in time when the computer will act as a catalyst for improving the quality of education, or will further institutionalize the existing system. To illustrate his first point, the author compares some of the major problems in education today with the direction and emphasis of computer developments and applications in education thus far. He points out that the creation of mechanisms which can--concurrent with the development of technology--direct attention to the political and managerial problems in education is a prerequisite to the effective and creative application of technology in education. [This article appeared originally in the May 1969 issue of "Educational Technology."]
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Prerequisites, Public Education, Innovation, Technology, Educational Improvement, Computers, Technological Advancement, Computer Uses in Education
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