The Status of Computer Education in the Selected School in the Division of Manila

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The Problem and Its Background

Many countries around the world are investing in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve and update the education they give to the younger generations. The Department of Education envisions an ICT-Supported system of quality basic education for all. It is stated on the National Framework Plan for ICT’s in Basic Education (2005-2010). It is committed to the appropriate, effective, and sustainable use of ICT’s to broaden access to and improve the quality and efficiency of basic education service delivery. The poor performance of students across the country in national and international tests, and the consistent high school dropout rates in both elementary and secondary school levels, underscore the deterioration of the quality of the Philippine schools system. Computer education offers potential for human betterment, at the same time, it is taught with great dangers that neither the potential can be truly realized, nor the danger avoided, without careful far-teaching critical questions being asked about computers in education. It is clear and evident that whatever this eventual outcome, the debate about computers in education is just beginning and is going to be with us for some time. The mathematician, computer scientist, and psychologist, Seymour Papert conducted renowned projects in the 1970’s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of making children the “builders” of their open intellectual “buildings”. (Harris and Kingston, 2002) It was Paperts intention to design “a computer language that would be suitable for children. It offers extraordinary opportunities to create an environment where one could learn algebra, geometry, problem solving, spelling, and history in ways more likely the informal learning of the unschooled toddler than the educational processes now…...

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