The Children's Machine: Bringing the Computer Revolution to Our Schools

The Children's Machine: Bringing the Computer Revolution to Our Schools

by Seymour A. Papert
     
 

In his classsic book, Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and powerful Ideas, Seymour Papert set out a vision of how computers could change school. In The Children’s Machine he now looks back over a decade during which American schools acquired more than three million computers and assesses progress and resistance to progress.

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In his classsic book, Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and powerful Ideas, Seymour Papert set out a vision of how computers could change school. In The Children’s Machine he now looks back over a decade during which American schools acquired more than three million computers and assesses progress and resistance to progress.

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Denise Perry Donavin
That technology has had so little impact upon the classroom (in comparison, for example, to the operating room or the corporate scene) is a situation Papert finds disconcerting. He believes that education is on the brink of a revolution, one that would usurp literacy as the foremost indicator of an educated individual. He recognizes that children have varied learning abilities and styles but feels these facts are too often overlooked in today's classrooms. More than arguments exist here, however. Straightforward examples drawn from the success of the LEGO LOGO programs and other active learning experiments lend excitement and conviction to Papert's words.
Booknews
The creator of the computer language Logo shows how school can be changed entirely by computers. Most schools choose to use computers to teach the same old curriculum, or make them a separate subject, but Papert tells how some visionary teachers have used computers creatively to enrich learning. He discusses how computer-based media can allow children to master areas of knowledge now inaccessibly difficult, and how self-directed work will allow an unprecedented diversity of learning styles and opportunity for students to take charge of their own learning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465018307
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
07/06/1993
Pages:
288

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