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Connecting the Community and Educators.
on May 21, 2000
In my synopsis of the connected family bridging the digiital generation gap, by Seymour Papert, I have found it to be rewarding reading, but it puts the parents down. Seymour Papert connects the learning of children, and the educator. However, he puts the parents in an isolated arena. He makes them seem uninterested in the learning of new concepts with the use of the computers. Most parents have not had the opportunity to experience what their children are today. I felt that parents have the same ability as the children. They have and can perform at the same levels when instructed to do things. In reading this book, I received insight on how parents can achieve the same goals as teachers, and students. Teachers are instructed to learn how to use the computers in the class with their lessons. This is done through special training classes and lectures. They are to integrate it in the classroom and ensure that children are incorporating the computer's technology in their final outcomes from the lesson. In turn, the students are going home, and hopefully, practicing with their parents. This practice between parent and child will incorporate better socializing skills. It will also help parents understand how to use the computer. Most parents are learning what their children are involved in at school, as well as, learning valuable knowledge that will bridge both teacher, student, and parent. This book is a very good instructional book, but it would be better suited for teachers, and students. It can help children encourage and stimulate their parents in being a vital part of their learning. Especially, in assessing lessons using the computer. It also enhances the skills of the teachers in the classroom. It helps teachers motivate students to be more responsible for the outcomes of their lessons. It helps them to use the computers in a more productive manner. Rather than, as a tool for e-mailing others in chat rooms, or playing games.