Children's Ways of Knowing: Learning Through Partnerships by Margaret Robertson, Rodney Gerber

Children's Ways of Knowing: Learning Through Partnerships by Margaret Robertson, Rodney Gerber

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Eventually, they decided that it would be a good idea to develop a virtual information kiosk – City Search, which could provide information and advice for young people in the central city. The City Search team began to gather data and information from a variety of sources. In their own time, these students browsed through the Yellow Pages to gather street-address information for places of interest, and contacted the local bus company to find out bus schedules and bus routes to various destinations.

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The mystique lies not in the technology itself, but in the blockages those of earlier eras may have towards ICT. For the young, the issues are easy – the experiences are a seamless continuation of the normal social development of generational challenges and the struggle for personal identity. Another illustration of the translation of globalisation into localised experience is the way in which we view locality. Some hold fears that increasing global capitalism will or could destroy local customs and sense of place.

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