First my five-year old grandson, who is not yet in school, uses interactive software at home, plus painting and drawing programs. He also uses crayons, pencils, markers, chalk, makes paper airplanes of his own design. No one insists he use CAD to do so. Nowhere is there an EITHER/OR. Nobody argues in favor of using technology to the exlcusion of other more traditional media. I believe that is another fallacy that critics of tech expectations fall into.
Of course the ISTE standards incude the use of telephone. It is still the most basic and ubiquitous telecommunications tool we have. What makes you think they would not?
Misapplied, technology can get in the way of anything and everything. To teach it for its own sake is a mistake, especially at younger ages. But why shouldn't my grandson be able to use something like KidPix as well as a piece of paper and crayons? Why deny him that medium and another method to express himself? I would not argue that technology enhances learning in all situations. Neither do books. I would hardly ban the latter just becuase there are situations in which they are not the optimal tool.
The key to good learning is not the tool. Videos, books, Internet, writing on a chalkboard are merely tools. Any tool incorrectly applied can lead to a poorly done job. That applies to carpentry was well as learning.
Tommy J. Walz
Barre Supervisory Union
120 Ayers St.
Barre, VT 05641