The Computer Enters the Classroom

reviewed by Howard Budin - 1999

coverTitle: The Computer Enters the Classroom
Author(s): President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
Search for book at

Throughout the 1980s microcomputers in schools existed mostly in computer “labs,? which effectively isolated them from the life of the classroom. Consequently, classroom teachers had relatively little involvement with them, or even knew what their students did with them in the labs. More recently, however, due to a combination of factors? rising dissatisfaction with computers?separation from curriculum and teachers, plus an ever-growing number of computers in schools—we have seen the beginnings of a movement to move computers into teachers?classrooms. This has posed a challenge (and an opportunity) for teachers to learn more about computers, software, and how to integrate them into their curricula. While older literature in the field tended to focus on the technology itself and what it could do, newer books, five of which are reviewed here, put the computer into the context of classroom life, and emphasize the kinds of active learning that computers can support in the classroom.

To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
Purchase this Article
Purchase The Computer Enters the Classroom
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 3, 1999, p. 656-669 ID Number: 10352, Date Accessed: 6/23/2021 11:47:18 AM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review