Computers and Literacy

"Over the last decade an estimated $2 billion has been spent on more than 2 million computers for America's classrooms. Computers should be in the schools. They have the potential to accomplish great things, with the right software. In practice, however, computers make our worst educational nightmares come true. While we bemoan the decline of literacy, computers discount words in favor of pictures and pictures in favor of video."

The technological boom of the last few decades has taken mankind to heights it never before knew possible. Today with the click of a mouse, one can plan and pay for vacations, manage their own stocks and chat with people from around the world. While few can ...

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the ability to do both tasks. Computer software provides thousands of opportunities to perform these tasks. Whether one is playing games, surfing the net, reading and writing emails or using the computer for other functions there are many levels of literacy required to complete these tasks.
Playing computer games provides practice in hand-eye coordination which studies have shown prepare children for reading and many of today's computer games also provide a long and involved story with each level reached which encourages reading. In addition there are many software products that are designed to promote literacy including the well known Reading Rabbit. "Using a series of sequenced stories, 3- to 7-year-olds begin to learn through groupings of engaging and fun lessons(Szadkowski, 1999 )."
Using computers to research, compile, and write information for reports also promotes literacy in ways that an ordinary visit to a library cannot do because libraries are self limiting in ...

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