Computer Impact


Technology Insertion

(From a presentation by Steven Ehrman, American Association for Higher Education, Frontiers in Education Conference, 8 November 1997)

The date is 400 BC, and you are a student of a Greek philosopher, sitting at his feet each day while he leads you through a learning experience. You have just heard that a new innovation is about to change the way your philosopher teaches and how you will learn - he is going to introduce


In your groups, prepare three arguments in support of this technological innovation and three reasons why it will have a negative impact on learning. Does it make any difference in your arguments if you take the position of the student or the philosopher?


Do the same arguments hold for introducing other technologies into the classroom?

The Stages of Computer Impact

Scenarios for Debate:

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