Thursday, April 26, 2007

annotations 5

Until schools allow major changes, they must continue missing out on the improvement computer technology brings. Education today depends on who gets the good teacher and who is left with the mean, evil teachers. In other words, good teachers get good results from their students.

In the year 1999 three age groups were tested 9, 13, and 17-year-old from 1994 through 1999. During this time schools received many computers and earnestly hoped that the influx of technology could, and would, improve education. Despite all of the technology that was used the scores did not improve.

Authorities looked for reasons, or people, to blame the failure on, so they turned to the teachers. However this is only a myth, the teachers knew what they were doing. The question now is, can technology make a difference as it is being used now? They realized that good interaction between student and teacher is a very important answer to the question and that the same approach using computers would result in success. The computers and students need to interact.

An alternative to how we use computers in schools is to let computers teach children personally and directly, without a teacher actually doing the teaching. This is a big step but the virtual teacher could strive to equal approaches like good teachers.

All this technology would change the teachers' part but neither eliminates or downgrades them.

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