Only a Tool

“ONLY A TOOL”: THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON THE CLASSROOM AND ON LEARNING.
ABSTRACT
1. School is an institution of power and control that imposes how, when and what a student learns.

Power

2. The computer, and new communication technology, offers the student a door into an almost infinite world of choice: of possibility, of information and communication, breaking open the closed world of the classroom, disrupting the existing balance of power. It provides new interests and distractions and its seductive power can dominate and confuse its constructive use.

distraction

3. To create a successful student-centred use of technology, as proposed by many writers about the application of technology in education, requires a guiding structure that is not to be confused with control.

structure

Conclusion:
School needs to provide the structure to nurture a sense of competence, autonomy and relatedness without imposing the control that will kill intrinsic motivation. Technology in itself does not improve learning; it can also create new problems. An intelligent use of technology in education requires that we rethink our paradigm of education.

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