The “computers in the classroom” revolution stalled in the 1990s but is back on course, according to an Arizona Republic article. About 80 computer companies, including Apple, are exhibiting their wares at Arizona State University’s Microcomputers in Education Conference this week.
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Approximately 1,200 educators are attending, and most are keen on technology’s place in the learning environment. Apple executive Brian Page told the Arizona Republic that the breakdown of the “computers in classrooms” movement was mainly because many educators didn’t really know how to implement new machines.
“They’d set up a computer lab and send kids there for 20 minutes a week,” Page said. “Forget it. The computers weren’t given a chance to do what they could do.”
But today, after “huge advances in technology and educational software,” this is changing, the Arizona Republic says. Also, teachers are getting better training in using technology, the article adds.