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Watch IT : the risks and promises of information technologies for education
Burbules, Nicholas C.
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2000]

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xiii, 188 pages ; 23 cm
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1400 Lexile.
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Watch IT is an examination of several critical issues in the potential of new information technology (IT) for education. IT, already central to many aspects of our lives, is rapidly becoming an integral part of teaching and learning. This book takes a close look at the positive and negative consequences of new technologies in the classroom. In a series of interrelated essays, the authors explore such issues as access, credibility, new approaches to reading and writing, the glut of information, privacy, censorship, commercialization, and globalization.

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Nicholas C. Burbules is professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Risky Promises and Promising Risks of New Information Technologies for Educationp. 1
"Information" Technologiesp. 3
Information "Technologies"p. 5
A Post-Technocratic Perspective on Technologyp. 7
The Good, the Bad, and the Unknownp. 12
Conclusionsp. 15
Notesp. 17
Dilemmas of Access and Credibility: Access for Whom? Access to What?p. 19
Issues of Accessp. 20
Technical Accessp. 22
Skills, Attitudes, and Dispositions of Accessp. 23
Practical Accessp. 24
Issues of Form and Content as Issues of Accessp. 25
Issues of Credibilityp. 32
Assessing Credibilityp. 33
Gaining Credibilityp. 35
Dilemmas of Accessp. 36
Notesp. 39
Hypertext: Knowledge at the Crossroadsp. 41
What Is Hypertext?p. 43
Hypertext and Thoughtp. 48
Writing and Reading Hypertextp. 50
Authorship and Designp. 52
Active Readingp. 54
Paths, Trails, and Learningp. 56
Educational Dilemmasp. 61
Notesp. 66
Critically Reading the Internetp. 71
The Critical Userp. 72
Judging Credibilityp. 73
Beyond Credibilityp. 76
Critical Judgment as a Social Practicep. 79
Hyperreadingp. 82
Links and Hyperreadingp. 83
Different Types of Linksp. 85
Hyperreading as Critical Readingp. 90
Notesp. 94
Misinformation, Malinformation, Messed-Up Information, and Mostly Useless Information: Is Censorship the Best Response?p. 95
Troublesome Content: The 4 M'sp. 96
Misinformationp. 96
Malinformationp. 98
Messed-Up Informationp. 99
Mostly Useless Informationp. 101
What to Do About the 4 M'sp. 102
Five Responsesp. 103
Censorshipp. 103
Filtersp. 107
Partitionsp. 110
Labelingp. 112
Critical Readersp. 114
Conclusionp. 116
Notesp. 119
Surveillance and Privacy: Can Technology Protect What Technology Takes Away?p. 121
The Shifting Meanings of "Privacy"p. 121
Privacy and Young Peoplep. 123
Technologies of Surveillancep. 125
Publicity and the Internetp. 128
Consent and Identityp. 129
The Devil's Bargainp. 131
Notesp. 136
Information for Sale: Commercialization and the Educational Potential of the Internetp. 137
Hardware and Software, Upgrades and Downtimep. 138
Advertisements, Sponsors, Endorsements, and Logosp. 142
They Know Where You Livep. 147
Conclusionp. 150
Notesp. 152
What Kind of Community Can the Internet Be?p. 153
The Great Communityp. 154
The Conditions of Communityp. 157
Mediating Conditions of Communityp. 158
Political Conditions of Communityp. 160
Space and Place as Conditions of Communityp. 161
The Conditions of Online Communitiesp. 163
Mediating Conditions of Online Communitiesp. 163
Political Conditions of Online Communitiesp. 169
Space and Place as Conditions of Online Communitiesp. 172
Does the Internet Constitute an Educational Community?p. 175
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 183