Computers in the Classroom Essay by Research Group

Computers in the Classroom
A discussion of whether computers are being used effectively in the classroom and if so, how.
# 25947 | 1,417 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 04, 2003 in Education (Education and Computers)

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This paper examines the quality of use of computers in the classroom and the advantages to both students and teachers. It looks at how students can benefit from well-trained and informed teachers and how professional development is available for teachers through a variety of sources, including online education courses. It evaluates the learning opportunities provided by on-line contact for students. It looks at how computers can particularly useful in the area of second language learning and how computer-assisted instructional (CAI) programs aid development in reading and writing skills.

From the Paper:

"Computers, as a visual medium, are valuable for learning about the culture (food, dress, country climate, etc.) related to the language (Willets, 1992, p. 2). Various websites maintained by tourism boards and historical societies, and the like, are interesting, entertaining, and educational in that they allow for the exploration of numerous cultures and countries around the world. Computers, as an auditory medium, are valuable for experiencing cultural/folk music, thereby enhancing a student's understanding and enjoyment of the culture and the language. Of course, "talking" programs provide examples of the spoken language and correct accent. The same can be said about the applications of the new technologies in the LEP (Limited English Proficiency) classroom, as well."

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