Dr. Judith M. Newman

Technology & Instruction

Over the last decade there have been a number of interesting efforts to use computer / information technology in education contexts. All of them are based on an understanding of the importance of communication for learning - communication between students and teacher, and more important, communication among students.

What the teaching of various innovators has in common, is a commitment to placing learners in control of their own learning. Their classrooms provide all kinds of opportunities for communication, decision-making and real problem-solving to occur. These educators appreciate that computers and internet connections are only a means of achieving some end. They believe what matters ultimately in the learning situation is the experience that learners have and what they make of that experience.

Technology Supported Learning can be thought of in the following way:

The various components of the supported learning experience can include:

I have grouped experiments in technology-supported classrooms under the following headings: