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Reforms in Computer Education in Japan


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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 15:53:37 +0900
From: Steve McCarty <>

The online paper "Reforms in Computer Education that are Possible for Japan" has just been published in Tokyo by the Child Research Net: (or in Japanese: ) under Educational Visions: <>

The paper explains what has been done locally and can be done nationally by Japanese educators themselves, advocating two literacies: in networked computing and written English. How 40 4th grade children were successfully introduced to the Internet and international communication via a Web tour of their interests and a Web chat meeting in English is reported. It summarizes answers to questions presented at a panel discussion on "Education in the Information Age" in Tokyo at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) of the International University of Japan: (or see a brief summary of this panel discussion at: <>

Also new:

At "Global University System Asia-Pacific News and Links," after the 1999 Report on "Telecommunications in Japan," there are English and Japanese links on "Japan's IT Education & Asian Digital Divide Plans": <>

Photo of the changing leaves of autumn at Ritsurin Park added to the Japanese-English Website on Shikoku Island Multilingual Research: <>

"International/Multicultural Issues & New Technologies for Learning" Fifth Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: <>

e-Testimony to the Web-Based Education Commission (U.S. Congress), Hearing of September 14-15, 2000: including links to writings on educational technology: <>

Steve McCarty,
Professor, Kagawa Junior College, Japan
Japanese Home Page:
President, World Association for Online Education:
WAOE Website in Japanese:
Bilingualism and Japanology Intersection:

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