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Technology's Impact

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There's an interesting conversation going on among some teacher bloggers about the value and impact of new technologies in the classroom.

The science teacher at Huh, That's Interesting—backed by comments from music educator Nancy Flanagan—questions whether some teachers aren't merely "seduced by the flashiness" of instructional technology and worries that overuse of digital tools in the classroom will only increase the disconnection of today's students' from the real, visceral world.

On the other hand, Bill Ferriter, an English teacher who's become a Web 2.0 enthusiast, argues that, on a certain level, such attitudes belie an attachment to "the way things were" and an uncritical resistence "to adapt to the changing interests and needs of our learners."

We imagine this debate reflects an internal dilemma facing many educators today.


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I think classroom already are disconnected from the real world. The classroom is not the real world. The sooner educators can grasp that the sooner education will become more effective. Truthfully, technology is a huge part of the real world. Educators disdain for technology is an example of how they tend to hang on to old ways of doing things.

I believe that technology in the classroom can be both beneficial or a distraction. You just need to be careful of what you use. For example, I remember being shown lots of videos when I was in grade school, which are helpful in moderation but can take away from more meaningful person-to-person teaching. One technology that I can't do with out now though is ebooks, which can be downloaded and transported on laptops or USB drives. One great ebook site for teachers is http://www.dedicatedteacher.com which has an inventory of thousands, each of which you can preview before buying.

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