Computers and Education

By building the right computer systems, we can deliver expert resources as students need them and that can react to students' decisions. Through such systems, we can show students the implications of their individual decisions.

What we will be able to do with tomorrow's computer systems is a vast step forward from what we were able to do in the past. At the Institute for the Learning Sciences, we are now producing computer systems that interact with people in more engaging ways than before. Our systems allow children to try out things in simulated worlds of our own making, and sometimes of their own making; they allow children to fly their own ship to the moon, design their own animal, or direct their own newscast. This technology will allow us to support what is one of the most important parts of a good educational system: the cultivation of individual initiative in students.

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