Are Computers Good Or Bad For The Classroom: Dueling Books
from the figure-it-out dept
Earlier this month we wrote about a review of the book Never Mind the Laptops, that argues persuasively why schools need to give laptops to every student. Now, we have the other side. Here's a review of the book The Flickering Mind, which argues that computers in schools have been a dismal failure, and we should spend more time getting better teachers into schools. Of course, I don't necessarily see the two books as being diametrically opposed. The second book does admit that there are some cases where computers in schools have been used well, but immediately gives credit to the teachers instead of the computers. This sounds like the same old argument from many years ago, about whether or not technology should be used in the workplace. There are always examples of technology being used badly - but that doesn't mean all technology should be banned, but rather, that people who will be using the technology should be better trained to get the returns it can provide.