Show us benefits of computers

3rd November 2000 at 00:00
MICHAEL Wills, minister for learning and technology, tells us of the millions of pounds he is spending on technology in education but can give no convincing examples of its efficacy.

One class of Year 6 received a video-conferencing art lesson from a distant professor. The experience must have been that of watching a somewhat disjointed and badly-produced TV programme.

This seems rather sad when compared to an art lesson where the child has the satisfaction of having produced a beautiful picture under the gudance of a friendly, familiar teacher.

Children need to relate to people not machines. They need to learn from the world, not the world reduced to a two-dimension image on a screen.

Before the Government commits millions of taxpayers' money for providing primary schools with technology, it should be able to provide hard evidence of its benefits. I for one do not believe such benefits exist.

Mrs K Evans

French teacher

Ringwood Waldorf school

16 Namu Road

Winton, Bournemouth

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