I am trying to find justification for using computers in K-12 education. I am finding none.
By Josalin Mitchell, eHow Contributor
Computer uses in education vary according to classroom learning objectives. Computers can be used to develop further inquiry in classroom learning material or to prepare students for using computers in their further education and career development. [Circular logic. It is like saying the justification for using computers is to use them. Also, just because we can does not mean we should. This is a logical fallacy called Appeal to Numbers- disguised. Just because of the computers’ pervasiveness in the business world is not a justification to use them in education.] Assign topics for computer projects that compliment material covered in the class. [You could just as easily assign library projects to compliment material covered in class.]
Computer can most easily be used in education to develop computer skills. [Wow. How poignant?] Students should be familiar with typing skills, word processors, Internet browsers and basic computer maintenance. [Really? The hunt and peck method has worked for a lot of people. These ‘skills’ are not really necessary.] Computer projects can also educate students on using specific applications, like spreadsheet and presentation programs. [Why? I have made precisely one powerpoint presentation in almost 35 years. It has not done me much good to know how to use powerpoint. Excel is used even less.]
Computer projects may include PowerPoint presentations on assigned subjects. Require students to prepare their writing assignments using word processors. Assign students spreadsheets that require them to translate information from paragraph to table format. [So what? Much need for that is there? I do not see it. Again, you do not need a computer to do this.]
Students should become familiar with common computer terms. Examples include “font” or “typeface” and the meaning of “cut and paste” versus “copy.” [Yes they should but it is not necessary if you take computers out of the classroom. Still no justification for the computer’s use in the classroom.]
Computer projects can help assist [a bit redundant here] students in developing their abilities to use appropriate sources for references in their research. [Libraries are already set up for this.] Teach students how to differentiate between credible and incredible online sources, primary versus secondary sources and citation formats for online versus print publications. [Yes but what are they doing creating research papers and any need for citing sources. Again, while most sources in a library are credible most sources online are not.]
Use computers to teach students how to research a broad topic or find a narrowly-defined set of information on a subject. [Again why are they doing research? If they must then these skills can be learned at a library.] Teach online search skills in a strategic fashion, using search engines and online publication databases. [Yes, library resources are already set up that way.]