Rethinking computer use in the classroom

Shepherd, Clive
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p44
Trade Publication
E-learning can reasonably be defined as any use of computers and computer networks as a channel to facilitate learning. One application of this channel that gets less than its fair share of attention, particularly in the corporate world, is the use of computers in the classroom. First of all, they eliminate the need for any other sort of media playback device, a computer can provide all the facilities one want for playing back audio, video and still images, from the hard drive or from DVDs and CDs. Computers also have their fair share of unique offerings, such as animations, games, simulations and 3D virtual worlds. But some features can be bought off the shelf, some created from templates and some produced in conjunction with a self-study e-learning program. If one is connected to the Internet, then your options increase, with access to millions of web sites, including those specially established to provide online teaching resources. Classroom time is expensive, and the more of this is spent in the process of face-to-face collaboration the better, it is something that no other medium can offer.


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