DEBBIE Davies misses the point. Like many others who are sceptical about the use of technology with children, she has chosen to identify the sinister aspects of the Internet and e-mail to illustrate her point. No self-respecting teacher would subject the children in their care to pornography or dangerous chatrooms.
A computer is a powerful tool that can genuinely assist in teaching and learning, and above all developing creativity.
More time can be spent, as national curriculum documents for ICT made clea, on the analysing and interpretation of data, exactly the kind of higher-order skills that the computer assists in.
Likewise, children's cognitive development can be assisted. Any teacher who has used LOGO or a floor turtle will tell you, the quality of learning through discussion and collaboration has to be heard to be believed.
ICT in Education
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