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Saturday, January 04, 2003

Computers in the classroom

CNN has an article on Mississippi being the first state to have a PC in every public school classroom. I'm really not sure what this is supposed to provide for the students. A computer is just a tool, and like any other tool it can be misused easily. Worse still, if no one knows what to do with it, it won't get used, and you've just wasted a lot of time and money.

Now that the computers are in place, the schools will have to train teachers to use them and pay for maintenance, upgrades and connections, Sewell said. Some of the costs can be eased with federal education programs and by training students to fix computers, he added.
25 kids per classroom, one PC per classroom. I don't really see each individual student getting the amount of time they need to get comfortable with the computer, assuming the other resources they need to make that happen are even available.

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