High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Do

High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Do

By (author) Cliff Stoll

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The cry for and against computers in the classroom is a topic of concern to parents, educators, and communities everywhere. Now, from a Silicon Valley hero and bestselling technology writer comes a pointed critique of the hype surrounding computers and their real benefits, especially in education. In High-Tech Heretic, Clifford Stoll questions the relentless drumbeat for "computer literacy" by educators and the computer industry, particularly since most people just use computers for word processing and games--and computers become outmoded or obsolete much sooner than new textbooks or a good teacher. As one who loves computers as much as he disdains the inflated promises made on their behalf, Stoll offers a commonsense look at how we can make a technological world better suited for people, instead of making people better suited to using machines.

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • 01 Oct 2000
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0385489765
  • 9780385489768
  • 1,063,412

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Clifford Stoll, an MSNBC commentator, a lecturer, and a Berkeley astronomer, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Cuckoo's Egg and Silicon Snake Oil. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.

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"An often funny and acerbic look at the new computer priesthood." --"The Christian Science Monitor" "Stoll's long experience with technology gives him authority. . . . His claims are based on facts, logic and common sense." --"The Seattle Times" "Wonderful. . . . Stoll has Internetted there, computed that and seen through the hype about computers and education." --"Chicago Sun-Times" "When Stoll says something, gearheads and non-gearheads alike usually listen. Not only is he an entertaining writer, but he is completely sensible in his approach about the role computers should play in our lives." --"The San Diego Union-Tribune" "Wonderful...SHould be in the hands of every school administrator ready to sign a check for more computers."-"Chicago Sun-Times"

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The cry for and against computers in the classroom is a topic of concern to parents, educators, and communities everywhere. Now, from a Silicon Valley hero and bestselling technology writer comes a pointed critique of the hype surrounding computers and their real benefits, especially in education. In High-Tech Heretic, Clifford Stoll questions the relentless drumbeat for "computer literacy" by educators and the computer industry, particularly since most people just use computers for word processing and games--and computers become outmoded or obsolete much sooner than new textbooks or a good teacher. As one who loves computers as much as he disdains the inflated promises made on their behalf, Stoll offers a commonsense look at how we can make a technological world better suited for people, instead of making people better suited to using machines.

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