Watch IT is an examination of several critical issues in the potential of new information technology (IT) for education. IT, already central to many aspects of our lives, is rapidly becoming an integral part of teaching and learning. This book takes a close look at the positive and negative consequences of new technologies in the classroom. In a series of interrelated essays, the authors explore such issues as access, credibility, new approaches to reading and writing, the glut of information, privacy, censorship, commercialization, and globalization.
The Risky Promises and Promising Risks of New Information Technologies for Education -- Dilemmas of Access and Credibility: Access for Whom? Access to What? -- Hypertext: Knowledge at the Crossroads -- Critically Reading the Internet -- Misinformation, Malinformation, Messed-Up Information, and Mostly Useless Information: Is Censorship the Best Response? -- Surveillance and Privacy: Can Technology Protect What Technology Takes Away? -- Information for Sale: Commercialization and the Educational Potential of the Internet -- What Kind of Community Can the Internet Be?