Archive for November 19, 2010

Computers In Schools Are A Failure, “Tools of Distraction”

An interesting interview with Alan, with the claim “Computers have become tools of distraction” that points to a really important issue.  What we know about learning is that it’s about directed conscious attention to sense-making. Computers today are about multi-tasking and avoiding boredom. Boredom isn’t nearly as dangerous as ignorance.

Kay says the education system has squandered 30 years of technology in classrooms. He likens the modern factory educatory system to a monkey with a microscope. The monkey looks at its reflection in the microscope’s barrel but doesn’t look through the eyepiece — it utterly misses the point.

Computers have become tools of distraction, Kay said, instead of education. He singles out Guitar Hero as the best example of this — players get the fantasy of virtuoso guitar playing without learning a single note.

via Computers In Schools Are A Failure, Says Computer Pioneer Alan Kay [Apple in Education] | Cult of Mac.

November 19, 2010 at 9:51 am 16 comments


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