ERIC Number: EJ1080661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Commentary: It Is Not Only about the Computers--An Argument for Broadening the Conversation
DeWitt, Scott W.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v6 n2 p259-270 2006
In 2002 the members of the National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) framed seven conclusions relating to handheld computers and ubiquitous computing in schools. While several of the conclusions are laudable efforts to increase research and professional development, the factual and conceptual bases for this document are seriously flawed. The NTLI members' failure to address market forces, teacher agency, and sociocultural influences on schools and instruction perpetuates harmful myths about educational computing and makes successful integration of handheld computers less likely. The author argues for a more realistic, holistic, and teacher-friendly approach.
Descriptors: Debate, Computer Uses in Education, Relevance (Education), Handheld Devices, Cost Effectiveness, Input Output Analysis, Access to Computers, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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