- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Press; 60355th edition (January 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080772792X
- ISBN-13: 978-0807727928
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology Since 1920 60355th Edition
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I'm not sure his dire 1986 predictions are valid now, with the saturation of classrooms and tool-orientation that the modern computer offers. However, his book is essential reading if you want to think carefully before adopting technology in a school system. Learn from history, don't repeat it!
Overall, I recommend this book. It is well-written, easy-to-read, and makes an important contribution to the literature on the history of educational technology. I believe that this book provides a lot of value in giving us an accurate history of the use of technology in the classroom and reinforces for the readers how many of these trends--especially trends related to the barriers of education technology practice--continue to be relevant today. In this way, Cuban provides a valuable overview of where we have come from and gives us insight into what needs to change to achieve the highest level of educational opportunities for students as possible. Finally, from a historical standpoint, Cuban's book provides an interesting perspective of the hesitancy early in the computer age to embrace it and to realize it's true potential.
The first part of the book examines the use of film and radio into the classroom. The later part of the book discusses possible trends that may occur with the introduction of the personal computer. Criticism concerning the use of fads in public schools has been a prevailing topic from the 1920's until the present. Cuban describes the conflicting social messages teachers and public schools have faced. Some of these conflicting notions are:
1. "Socialize all children, yet nourish each child's individual creativity.
2. Teach the best that the past has to offer, but insure that each child possesses practical skills marketable in the community.
3. Demand obedience to authority, but encourage individual children to think and question.
4. Cultivate cooperation, but prepare children to compete (p 2).Read more ›
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Should computers be used in classrooms? This seemingly anachronistic question is central to the Larry Cuban’s probe into how any technology has been implemented throughout the... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by New in KC