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Educating with help from a network?*
The use of new technologies in education will become an added value in the
process of training people once teachers begin to incorporate these new
technologies into their daily practices. There are a growing number of
computers available in education that are connected to networks with very
reasonable bandwidth. Technologies with digital, visual, sound and text
interaction are becoming more powerful, easier and economic to use. There are
also many educational approaches that focus on the student, the examination,
the collaboration, and the awareness of relevant experiences in the
construction of knowledge.
Networks can support experiences with simulators, games and other mechanisms for online exercises. They also make it possible to hold enriching discussions through forum, chats and e-mail. With specialized search engines, databases and websites with multimedia information are only a “click” away. If all this is true, then:
- Why has educating with a network not gained as much strength as some of its other uses, such as interacting in global villages or navigating in cyberspace?
- Why are there so few educational experiences that benefit from the opportunities offered by a network?
- What can be done??
*The ideas, thoughts, and opinions expressed are not necessarily of the OAS nor of its member states. The opinions expressed are the responsibility of the authors.
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