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Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers, and the Transformation of Learning

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ISBN-13: 978-0595288427
ISBN-10: 0595288421
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About the Author

Bob Johnstone has been writing about technology?s impact on society for 20 years. During that time Johnstone was a correspondent for many magazines, including New Scientist, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Wired. His first book, We Were Burning: Japanese Entrepreneurs and the Forging of the Electronic Age, was published in 1998.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595288421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595288427
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,531,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fred Bartels on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bob Johnstone's Never Mind the Laptops is a wonderful new resource for the K-12 education community. All those concerned with using computers to enhance learning and teaching are likely to find this book both interesting and useful. I felt like I was reading a personal history of the ideas that have been at the forefront of my thinking about computers in education over the last twenty years. Johnstone tells many behind-the-scenes stories which help flesh out the picture of many significant events in educational computing. Two examples, Johnstone provides lots of good background information on Logo's development and on Microsoft's efforts to promote one-to-one computing.
Perhaps the most valuable part of the book is Johnstone's close examination of the Australian schools which pioneered one-to-one student laptop programs, especially Methodist Ladies' College. The story of these Melbourne schools has never been well told before and Johnstone gives their fascinating tale the time and effort it so richly deserves.
In relating the history of computers in education Johnstone never loses sight of the central goal of improving student learning. His is a book not so much about technology as it is about learning and the ideas and practices that have developed to apply increasingly powerful computer technology to make schools more humane and effective learning environments.
Fred Bartels
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This is a great book for anyone interested in the implementation of BYOD in schools. I was most impressed with the first part of the book that outlined the history of computers in education. A must-read to gain the necessary perspective for moving forward today.

The most striking thing to me was the recurrent issues of adoption and implementation that have occurred over the last 20 years (and continue to occur today). Let's get with the computer revolution! Now!
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As we still consider whether digital technologies have a role in schools, and if so what role, it is salient to visit the recent history of the hope, dreams, aspirations and failings of the pioneers in educational technology thinking and proposals; many of which floundered, but in doing so pointed to the limitations of formal education that we all still are inhibited by. This is a book that can help highlight possibilities and inadequacies, and in doing so support those still advocating a better learning world through considered use of digital technologies.
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This is the tale of the transformation of learning with technology, rich with philosophical and pedagogical history, and the teachers who made it happen and continue to help students make things happen with technology. A must read for any educator seriously interested in using technology in a learning context, or responsible for realizing the elusive answer of how to maximize the benefits of technology integration in schools, districts and states.
Anthony Magana
Washington State Milken Educator
Developer of Washington's First CyberSchool
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