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The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools


reviewed by Lauren Goldenberg & Andrew Hess 2005

coverTitle: The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools
Author(s): William D. Pflaum
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 0871208423, Pages: 220, Year: 2004
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The discourse regarding the appropriate roles of computer technologies in education has shifted over the last decade, at the same time that vast amounts of computer hardware and software have been installed in American schools. Simplistic arguments about whether these technologies will replace teachers, undermine traditional learning goals, or be responsible for the reform or education have generally given way to a rich discussion by researchers and educators about the possible uses of computers in, for example, supporting data-driven decision making, building media literacy skills, or providing online teacher professional development. Whether these discussions will influence public policy in light of current political pressures remains to be seen. It is in this terrain that the book The Technology Fix: The Promise and Reality of Computers in Our Schools arrives. With the aim of offering, in the words of the book’s epigraph, “ways that we can get our schools out of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1576-1580
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11780, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:22:52 PM

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  • Lauren Goldenberg
    Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology
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    LAUREN GOLDENBERG is a researcher at the Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology. Her research interests include the role of technology in teacher learning, and its role in learning foreign and second languages. Among her current projects are an exploration of the role of technology in new teacher preparation and induction, and an investigation of a professional development program that focuses on technology and digitized primary source materials.
  • Andrew Hess
    Mamaroneck Union Free School District
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    ANDREW HESS is the Teacher on Special Assignment for Technology for the elementary schools in the Mamaroneck Union Free School District. He was formerly a researcher at the Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology, and has been teaching and teacher training since 1984.
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