Computers Are Books

As the years have gone by, I have noticed more and more kids connecting with computers in classes. I walk by the room and I hear it happening. I hear something else. There is less and less actual teaching going on.

On the other hand, I feel as if I am actually teaching. I am totally in touch with that. This approach to teaching allows me to bring, in my field, much more to the table than a machine ever could. Computers are merely books with automatic page turning built in.



2 thoughts on “Computers Are Books”

  1. I would argue that computers and ipads are very poor substitutes for books. Here’s an example: schools claim that if students have ipads, and textbooks are loaded onto those ipads, then kids won’t have to lug all those books back and forth to school, and they can get their reading done wherever they are between school and home. Here’s the problem: even I (4%er Classics MA with a pretty good attention span) can’t read on a screen for very long without giving in to the temptation to jump online to check some sort of electronic communication (especially this PLC!). So how can we expect kids to get any reading done on these devices? At least with a book, you can’t do 50 different and more interesting/stimulating things with it. I think that the ipad and computers have many positive uses for students, but not for reading texts, and not CI.

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