Knowledge Versus Information Access

Most people confuse information access with knowledge. Many people have access to information with computers at school, work and home. Few people have the "know-how" to find, create, edit, manage, analyse, critique, cross-reference and transform information into usable knowledge. Perhaps the confusion about knowledge versus information is the most serious widespread misconception in the current use of information technology.

Working with Kids

  • Help children get started with new programs and safely explore on-line resources.
  • Let children operate the computer and develop their own sense of control. Avoid the temptation to jump in and show them how.
  • Encourage children to explore software freely. Give children time to work through problems themselves. Learning how to correct mistakes and solve problems helps children become more self-sufficient computer users. Explain that mistakes are part of the learning process.
  • Encourage your child to use the computer for homework, accessing the latest news, research, communication and other projects.
  • Let your child "play teacher". You'll be surprised what your children can teach you. Make sure your child knows you are learning from them.
  • Build a good software library. Make sure you get value from your existing titles before you buy more.
  • Encourage your child to use different hardware devices - printer, scanner, microphone, CD-ROM, speakers, etc.
  • Create a portfolio of your child's computer work. Post printouts on the walls.
  • Have fun! Happiness is contagious. When learning is easy and fun, everyone excels.

Getting the Most Out of Your Home Computer

  • Invest in appropriate furniture, lighting and other accessories (such as a CD rack).
  • Get help. Stress and frustration create barriers to success.
  • Encourage usage by example. Designate times to work alone and together with family members.
  • Avoid letting your children turn the computer into a video arcade. Avoid software with violence or negative reinforcement. Encourage computer skill development, creativity and the usage of the computer as a tool to do homework, research and other projects.
  • Target skill areas you wish to develop with your children. Buy a couple of recommended software titles by leading publishers that meet your needs.
  • Set guidelines and responsibilities for each family member.
  • Be prepared to invest in additional hardware, software and computer training. Technology changes rapidly. Computer hardware and software does not have a life cycle similar to other household appliances.

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