Agenda: Class 7

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

"For some things, the best balance for children is zero. Alcohol, for example. Cigarettes. Street drugs. What's the right balance of violent images?" Stoll, p. 69

"As things now stand, there is an atmosphere of urgent concern nationally about somehow putting this magnificent solution [the computer] to work in the schools--if only the right problem could be identified." Roszak, p. 51

"For the many, the five most available jobs will be employment as janitors, nurse's aides, sales clerks, cashiers, and waiters. One might almost conclude from this fact that what the young most need to defend their interests in life is an education which will equip them to ask hard, critical questions about that uninviting prospect?" Roszak, p. 55

"In a major national forum in 1989, many teachers cited the troubling issues that arise from unlimited, often unmanageable information access; teaching in a 'blizzard of information' raises as many problems as it solves. Some urgently called for a greater emphasis upon the distinction betwen raw data and knowledge, judgment, and intellectual integration." Roszak, p. 58

"Free human dialogue, wandering wherever the agility of the mind allows, lies at the heart of education. If teachers do not have the time, the incentive, or the wit to provide that, if students are too demoralized, bored, or distracted to muster the attention their teachers need of them, then that is the educational problem which has to be solved--and solved from inside the experience of the teachers and the students. Defaulting to the computer is not a solution; it is a surrender." Roszak, p. 63

"As this discussion makes clear, the question of access to technology, then, is mostly not about technology at all, but about the commitment of society to consider other far-reaching changes toward equity." Burbules and Callister, p. 25

"Do we truly want a knowlege environment in which individuals construct entirely personal and idiosyncratic ways of organizing information, without regard to the ways in which communities of culture and tradition have tended to connect and prioritize things in certain ways rather than others? Does the leveling of all information nodes and the decentering of all organzing principles lead to more freedom or less?" Burbules and Callister, p. 62

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