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Using New Media

by Clara Chung-wai Shih and David E. Weekly
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Introduction (Home)
1) Distribute print media electronically
2) Use CD/DVD
3) Use Internet media
4) Encourage reading on computer monitors
5) Select appropriate materials using proven methods
6) If possible, teach computer use
7) The trend is in technology’s favor
8) Conclusions
About the International Academy of Education


Books have existed for centuries, helping bring knowledge, religion, and imagination to all corners of the world. The invention of the printing press in the 1400’s revolutionized the manufacture of books, making them increasingly affordable and available. Yet for all their advantages, books have several important drawbacks: they are difficult to revise and expensive to publish, print, and distribute.

Recent advances in technology have enabled electronic media to offer a useful alternative to the printed book. Electronic works can go beyond the printed word, offering not only text, but sound, color, animations, and interactivity, thereby putting users in control of their own experience. Not only can electronic works be distributed freely and instantaneously through the Internet to connected destinations worldwide, but inexpensive and lightweight CDs also make it possible to cheaply send whole libraries of material to any place on the planet. These CDs can be cheaply and quickly reproduced and redistributed in turn, empowering recipients to also become redistributors. As an example, a library that had received a single CD with hundreds of books of material could quickly and cheaply distribute copies of the CD to library guests.

The continued spread of technology throughout the world is making computers an increasingly practical tool for enhancing youth education. While the poorest areas of the planet do not yet have abundant computing resources, the rapidly falling cost of computers combined with continued increases in Internet access is likely to soon make universal computer access a reality. Against this backdrop of widespread computing, we would like to give an overview of immediate steps that can be taken to use technology to enhance children’s education worldwide.

Along with the power granted by these technologies comes new responsibility. As users in this new electronic world we must abide by a code of conduct that includes respecting writer’s rights and taking care to screen content for children against harmful materials such as pornography or violence.

We hope you find this booklet useful!

Clara Shih and David Weekly

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