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What impact if any is the use of computers and other digital technologies having on thelearning process of todays student To what extent or degree are we as teachers responsible orshould be responsible for the proper integration of technology into our classrooms Researchand inquiry into this realm have proposed both positive and negative aspects to computer versustraditional learning There are without question cultural and educational benefits and dangers oftechnology and computer usage for students As educators we have a significant role to play inensuring equal access to technology and in realizing its full educational and creative potentialPublic debate about the impact of new digital technologies have been marked by a kind ofschizophrenia which often accompanies the advent of new cultural forms On the one hand thesenew forms are seen to have enormous positive potential particularly for learning on the otherthey are frequently seen to be harmful to those who are regarded as particularly vulnerable Inboth cases it is children - or perhaps more accurately the idea of childhood - which is the vehiclefor many of these aspirations and concernsThis was certainly apparent in the early years of television Amid current fears about theimpact of television violence it is interesting to recall that television was initially promoted toparents as an educational medium Likewise in the 1950s and 1960s television and other newelectronic technologies were widely seen to embody the future of education they were describedas teaching machines Even here however hopes of a utopian future were often balancedagainst fears of loss and cultural decline Television was seen both as a new way of bringing thefamily together and as something which would undermine natural family interaction Themedium was extolled as a means of nurturing childrens emotional and educational developmentand simultaneously condemned for taking them away from more wholesome or worthwhileThis kind of schizophrenia is also apparent in contemporary responses to digitaltechnology On the one hand there is a form of visionary utopianism particularly amongeducationists Seymour Papert the
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