This is fun. And I DON'T have too much time on my hands.
>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.
No, I would not ban books because they are not the optimal tool, but I would
ban a chainsaw in art class because it is dangerous.
>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.
I disagree. The tool is very important - unless we are willing to throw
Piaget's work out the window. I think we still know remarkably little about
the consequences of the tools we are talking about. We are pushing the tool
before knowing what it fixes...or damages. And the cost. It's enormous. Our
school could take twenty exciting field trips for just the annual cost of