The Computer Enters the Classroom
reviewed by Howard Budin - 1999
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.
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