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Comment on NPR piece on Coachella Valley’s iPad Initiative

Here’s a comment I left on the NPR article A School’s iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

When we talk about integrating technology in the classroom I think it’s difficult to have the discussion outside the traditional framework of education: The teacher has to be an expert first and access has to be tightly controlled through pre-selected content, management software, and strict guidelines. I think this does a disservice to students, communicates that they are not capable of using technology well without adults telling them what to do first and breeds over-dependence.

As was shown by the music teacher’s experience, when you give students some agency in their own learning they’ll come up with some amazing results. I think teachers’ reluctance to adopt technology is often a reluctance to relinquish control. I understand that it’s difficult to change what has been the norm for a long time. But if there’s one thing technology has provided it’s the ability to direct one’s own learning. I think we’re obligated to facilitate this and provide all students with high speed internet and devices to access it. Of course there are financial and infrastructure obstacles to overcome. But I don’t think it’s acceptable to essentially say, “The world’s knowledge is readily accessible, just not for you.”

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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in Comments

 

Teaching to Gender [comment]

In response to Mary Beth Hertz, http://mbteach.posterous.com/teaching-to-gender

I agree. Girls and boys get enough messages about who they should and shouldn’t be, directly and indirectly. I’m not convinced that the institutionalization of these attitudes has done us much good in the past. Girls especially have been shortchanged.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Comments

 

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