Week 1

Some notes about reading (apologies if this is reminding you how to suck eggs). It is always important to think about who the author(s) is/are. What sort of a record do they have in this field? Where were/are they located? Does the location have any significance for what the paper is arguing? This is where your digital habits come in to play. Google scholar is handy mapping the writing activity of particular authors.

The paper was published in 1997. At this time, computers have been in general use in schools for ten to fifteen years. There are other accounts available but I thought this was useful because of the broad view he takes. I have an Australian PhD thesis which tracks the policy changes in Australia specifically if anyone is interested. There are many accounts available online you might want to dig a few more up and share with the group.

Some of the things I’d like you to think about when you read Molnar:

• what are some of the assumptions/claims associated with the use of computing and related technologies in education?
• what are identified as the major problems/challenges?
• how do the issues raised by Molnar mesh with your own understandings/experiences of computer use for educational purposes?
• if Molnar wrote this history now, what would you want to have included?