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Michael Allen's 2009 e-Learning Annual by Michael W. Allen

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7.3. DIGITAL WORKBENCHES: ALSO FOR FORMAL LEARNING

The idea of electronic workbenches for learning is not new, although the terminology and technologies used today differ from those used in the past. As early as 1980, educational technologists were discussing the distinction between the computer as a digital teacher and the computer as a tool for learning purposes in the educational context (Taylor, 1980). Moursund, a pioneer computer-using educator in the United States, wrote regular columns in the journal The Computing Teacher (now Learning and Leading with Technology, www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Publications/LL/L_L.htm) between 1974 and 2001 in which he frequently discussed the use of computers as tools and workbench platforms. In ...

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