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Failure to Connect- Part One: Digital Dreams Meet Reality

By Jane Healy

Kristen English

on 17 April 2010

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Transcript of Failure to Connect- Part One: Digital Dreams Meet Reality

Failure to Connect- by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. Part One: Digital Dreams Meet Reality Blundering Into the Future: Hype and Hope Cello Lessons or Video Games? Healy questions whether a child will be benefited more by having a computer or other “traditional” activities. Healy notes that we need to begin to think of how to prepare our children for a life in which they are on information overload (30) Healy notes that most successful, computer/technology innovators did not grow up with computers, but with a rich, internal imagination. (31) “Speed is God. And time is the devil”- computer executive. (34) Computing Basics for School and Home “In the end it is the poor who will be chained to the computer; the rich will get teachers.”- quote from Forbes magazine. (47) Healy notes some guidelines for using software. She emphasizes that the parent should help their child think visually (use pencil/paper, draw out the problem) do not rely solely on the computer. Healy talks about planning for technology and how schools educate their teachers on technology programs. In 1997 only 15 percent of teachers had received at least nine hours of training in educational technology. She also notes that school systems spend far less than the recommended portion of one third to one-half of their technology budget for this purpose. (64) The Bottom Line Healy attends a Midwestern Technology in Education Conference and recognizes the most striking feature of the show is the “gee whiz” factor. Rather than discussing about the good reasons to use the technology, everyone just seems to be impressed with the glitter factor of it all. In the three days she is at the conference, she notes that only three presenters discussed why technology was needed. Those three people happened to be classroom teachers. (79) “Edutainment” products are beginning to target parents of preschoolers, they are calling this new sector the “growth industry”, but parents should be aware that the motives behind these new programs are in most cases profit driven. (81) “Too much, too fast, and too ill-considered” (81) Important to note that when money is spent on new technology it is usually being taken from another program. These programs that almost always lose to the technology race are the humanities subjects (art, music, physical education, etc.) (93) Book Talk Presentation by: Kristen English
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