Free eBooks by Dave Moursund
Dave Moursund's free eBooks on Information and Communication Technology for Preservice and Inservice K-12 Teachers, and other Educators.
This 1997 book was originally published by the International Society for Technology in Education. Quoting from the Preface: "This book is about the future of information technology in K-12 education. It is intended for people who have an interest in how information technology will change and improve education. This includes parents, teachers, school administrators, school board members, legislators, corporate foundations, and educational policy makers."
Quoting from the Preface:
Advisory councils are a key part of site-based management. An advisory council should be broadly representative of the stakeholders—the people who are affected by the decisions that need to be made and the people who are involved in implementing the decisions. Thus, an advisory council for computer technology in schools might well include students, parents, teachers, school administrators, school board members, taxpayers, business people, union representatives, and elected officials.
Quoting from the Preface to the 2004 reprint:
I find it interesting to look at current aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education from the point of view of high tech/high touch. The capabilities of ICT systems have grown by a factor of perhaps 10,000 or more since the Tofflers wrote The Third Wave. ICT has been a major change factor in our society and in the world. A gradual pattern of “tech” versus “touch” has emerged. ICT (the “tech”) has speeded up and/or facilitated increased automation of many tasks and problem-solving activities. People often draw an analogy with how the machines of the industrial revolution changed the nature of physical work. The machines of the ICT revolution are changing the nature of mental work. In combination, the industrial revolution and the ICT revolution are significantly changing the nature of the work that people do. And, of course, they are changing the standard of living, formal and informal education, and many other aspects of our lives.
Quoting from the Preface to November 2004 reprint:
In my opinion, Computers and Problem Solving: A Workshop for Educators is still a very useful book. The original text has been modified by the addition of a few commas and a change of the word “which” to “that” in a couple of places. The original illustrations (designed to lighten up the text) have not been included. Appendix B, which was written for use in a revision of the book that did not occur, has been added for historical purposes. I am pleased that this book can be made available (at no charge) to those who wish to access it through the Web.
Quoting from the Preface to this 1982, 1995 book: This book is written for educators who want to play a leadership role in the instructional use of computers and other information technology facilities in precollege education. The main orientation of this book is toward schools in the United States and Canada. However, many of the ideas are applicable in other countries. This is because the Information Age is a worldwide phenomenon.
The first edition of this book was published in February 1985 with the title, The Computer Coordinator. Since that time, the number of computers in schools has grown immensely; the quality and capability of computer hardware and software has grown substantially; and the complexity of the computer coordinator job at the school and at the school district has continued to increase.