An Educated View of Technology
For education to respond to the new technologies that offer tools for mind expansion, the concept of information itself must be redefined. Instruction via electronic sources is a very different way of learning than instruction by print: electronic instruction is highly interactive, under the user's control, and full of imagery. Imagery is the language of the information age, and students should be trained to decode images and comprehend them. The basic skills needed for the information age will include the ability to evaluate the quality of information, and the ability to comprehend imagery. If schools do not reconceptualize themselves as institutions that are being transformed by the information technologies, they will lose their position as the major educators within our society and their place will be usurped by museums, libraries, shopping centers, and offices. Schools need to educate as though the technological revolution were the most important change in learning since the printing press, which indeed it may be. (JB)
White, M.A. An Educated View of Technology.