By Deryn M. Watson
In most faculties the dominant assisting know-how has been both the stand-alone pc or a modest neighborhood community. the placement is altering speedily as a emerging variety of faculties supply entry to the net for his or her employees and students, beginning avenues for verbal exchange and networking hitherto impossible.
This publication displays in this switch. It goals to additional the imaginative and prescient of ways those new applied sciences may enhance and rework features of schooling. but in parallel it asks severe questions about the realities of an interface among the social, cultural and pedagogical contexts of schooling and the particular affordances that those new details and verbal exchange applied sciences supply.
The chapters during this publication offer a heady mixture of foresight and sensible reporting, of making plans for the longer term yet whilst respecting the issues schooling already has with present applied sciences. The richness of the issues awarded right here stems partly from the diversity of expertise of the foreign authors - from lecturers and directors, to lecturers and curriculum designers. this combination guarantees that the important questions about communications and networking in schooling are thought of no longer easily from quite a few own views, but additionally from diversified cultural and environmental reports. And but curiosity additionally lies within the commonality of reporting and dialogue in response to job within the box. the entire contributions draw seriously on study and event in devising and working tasks and experimental actions in a variety of colleges and teacher-training associations and environments. The reviews expressed are hence grounded in wisdom received from paintings embedded within the truth of brand new academic settings. This has to be the single sound base upon which to contemplate the problems of the long run.
This booklet is key analyzing for all pros enthusiastic about all facets of data and verbal exchange applied sciences in schooling. lecturers, teachers, researchers, scholars and directors will locate it invaluable.
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M. Watson et al. ), Communications and Networking in Education © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000 26 Alexei L. Semenov In preparing this paper, I searched the Mamamedia site for recent publications of Seymour Papert. I found a paper published in Technos magazine in which Seymour mentioned a question from his closing speech to the Sixth World Congress on Computers and Education in 1990. The question was: Why do we refer to computers in the name of our conference; others do not call their conferences paper-based educational events?
In addition to language barriers, time differences and problems with communication circuits, there are also such critical issues as co-operation between teachers in designing and preparing lessons. In particular, in light of the practical application and widespread adoption of interactive distance learning, it is desirable that communication circuits should be based on ISDN, which is already a global standard, and should moreover be at 128 kbps, which is more appropriate for transmissions not limited to data.
There is a strong tendency for more free information on the Net; John Barlow is the most famous and eloquent speaker about this. It includes even sophisticated software (like Finnish LINUX). In the educational area one possible scenario is that the price of educational services will be determined mostly by the individual interaction between student and teacher. This price policy means that the information resources are free in general. The computer is used to answer typical questions (80%) and to pass the rest (20%) to a human.