Role of Computers in Teaching

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The role of computer in teaching and learning is pivotal. You can't now deny the fact that what we people are teaching and learning is all now through computers. Computer is fast and efficient and fetches information in the milliseconds or even more than that. Now you are learning online. There are virtual classrooms. You can get learning material on the internet. You can now even give papers on the internet. All education processes are now on computers. Computer is a remarkable device with much more capabilities and beyond our thinking. But keep in mind that man has created computer and all these programs which computer runs.

In defining the meaning of literacy, Luke and Freebody suggested that there are four sets of overlapping practices that literacy involves such as: breaking the codes of text, participating in the meanings of texts, use the texts functionally and critically analyze and transform texts. (Warschauer. P. 2) Depending on the situation there are many types of literacies. Definitions of computer literacy were developed to guide the use of computers in schools. Later on the educators developed more meaningful definitions to refer to computer literacies such as: “the skills and knowledge needed by all citizens to survive and thrive in a society that is dependent on technology for handling information and solving complex problems.” (Johassen. P. 7) In the recent years, computer based-learning, a well established area of educational research, has a growing importance. In more recent years the current educational climate tries to implement computer technology into the learning experience. The use of computers in language learning is a well researched field, with studies on different computer applications and their pedagogical value to language learning. In order for a learner to achieve the four skills: writing, reading, listening and speaking, during language learning he has to play an active role. In a computer based language learning environment...
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