Welcome to Cyberschool: Education at the Crossroads in the Information Agereviewed by Cynthia Carter Ching — 2003
David Trend cuts a wide swath through the information age in
Welcome to Cyberschool. The author deals with both
recent developments and historical contexts in technological
optimism, educational pessimism, encroaching multi-national
corporations, the world-wide digital divide, and failed democratic
For those readers seeking a socio-political context in which to
place educational technology concerns—specifically, a skilled
analysis of modern culture as it pertains to the Internet and other
technological innovations—this book has much to offer.
On the other hand, readers who are looking for an in-depth
discussion of the often double-edged relationship between
technology and schools, as would seem to be promised by the
book’s title, will find that Welcome to Cyberschool
doesn’t quite deliver.
In the first two chapters, “Politics, Technology, and
Schools” and “Utopian Promise and the Digital
Divide,” Trend lays out the issues which will prove to be
recurring themes throughout the rest of the book: K-12
schools of the future, the digital university, knowledge and power,
the digital divide, cyberculture, and cyberdemocracy.
His agenda is two-fold. First,... (preview truncated at 150 words.) Title:
Welcome to Cyberschool: Education at the Crossroads in the Information AgeAuthor(s):
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- Cynthia Ching
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CYNTHIA CARTER CHING is Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on technology as situated in pedagogical beliefs and practices, in classroom cultures, in human development, and in individuals' lives and identities.