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Oversold and underused : computers in the classroom

Author: Larry Cuban
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We have to keep ahead in the global economy. The best schools have the most sophisticated computers. Our kids can't be left behind. Our kids need the best. For the last twenty years, many educators, public officials, and business leaders have argued that to keep ahead, American children need to be computersavvy from early childhood onward. Using computers and the Internet in school will give kids a huge academic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Cuban
ISBN: 067400602X 9780674006027
OCLC Number: 45917151
Description: 250 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: reforming schools through technology --
The setting --
Cyberteaching in preschools and kindergartens --
High-tech schools, low-tech learning --
New technologies in old universities --
Making sense of unexpected outcomes --
Are computers in schools worth the investment? --
Appendix: rationale for choices of school levels.
Responsibility: Larry Cuban.
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