March 24, 2014

“An examination of computer use in schools today reveals that students’ interactions with computers are largely teacher-directed, workbook-oriented, for limited periods of time, and confined to learning about the machines themselves or about programming languages. Further, computers are located in separate labs and are not integrated into the standard curriculum. “Doing computer” in school is […]

August 16, 2012

“Information technology is the wrong name, and leads to its misuse. The fact that you can get a lot of information out of the Net is NOT merely what it’s about.” Moore, A. (1998) Seymour Papert quoted in archived article, Targets Hit, Targets Missed — Seymour Papert, chronicling his speech at the October 1998 Camden […]

May 12, 2011

“Educational computing is usually practiced it does no good, and can even do harm because using computers in puny and trivial ways undermines their image, and reinforces false perceptions. Most children are simply not getting an opportunity to become familiar with the computer as a powerful entity they can control.” Papert, S. (1984)  New Theories […]

May 11, 2011

“In my view, a key to the current trends of discussion about technology and education is an ironic fact about the imbalance between informational and constructional. Whereas the most qualitatively original contribution digital technology could make to education lies in redressing the imbalance, in fact the imbalance is increased by popular perception that so strongly […]

April 11, 2011

“Because in our popular culture the informational side of the computer is the side that is most familiar and most useful, it has the tendency to strengthen that side of our education system.  Now that’s good to strengthen it, but it’s also had the effect of pushing the balance over, away from the constructional side.” […]