Versus Information Access
confuse information access with knowledge. Many people have
access to information with computers at school, work and home.
Few people have the "know-how" to find, create, edit, manage,
analyse, critique, cross-reference and transform information
into usable knowledge. Perhaps the confusion about knowledge
versus information is the most serious widespread misconception
in the current use of information technology.
children get started with new programs and safely explore
children operate the computer and develop their own sense
of control. Avoid the temptation to jump in and show them
children to explore software freely. Give children time
to work through problems themselves. Learning how to correct
mistakes and solve problems helps children become more self-sufficient
computer users. Explain that mistakes are part of the learning
your child to use the computer for homework, accessing the
latest news, research, communication and other projects.
your child "play teacher". You'll be surprised what your
children can teach you. Make sure your child knows you are
learning from them.
a good software library. Make sure you get value from your
existing titles before you buy more.
your child to use different hardware devices - printer,
scanner, microphone, CD-ROM, speakers, etc.
a portfolio of your child's computer work. Post printouts
on the walls.
fun! Happiness is contagious. When learning is easy and
fun, everyone excels.
the Most Out of Your Home Computer
in appropriate furniture, lighting and other accessories
(such as a CD rack).
help. Stress and frustration create barriers to success.
usage by example. Designate times to work alone and together
with family members.
letting your children turn the computer into a video arcade.
Avoid software with violence or negative reinforcement.
Encourage computer skill development, creativity and the
usage of the computer as a tool to do homework, research
and other projects.
skill areas you wish to develop with your children. Buy
a couple of recommended software titles by leading publishers
that meet your needs.
guidelines and responsibilities for each family member.
prepared to invest in additional hardware, software and
computer training. Technology changes rapidly. Computer
hardware and software does not have a life cycle similar
to other household appliances.
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