Was on a vacation for a portion of the time that this was being
discussed.. Intrigued by the dialogue.. it seemed to move away from High
school examples to just that old discussion about "Do we need computers?"
A couple of thoughts here...
Shouldn't we continue to be about preparing our students for the future
work and living environment? If I think about a child coming into school
today in first grade and consider what they will need to be prepared for
in 11 years, with regards to job skills, and life skills I think
technology is quite important. More and more folks are using web based
areas to conduct meetings, build their own learning environments (as
Lauren said), and generally work more and more from the Internet. On line
courses, Distance learning, etc. etc. And then.. how many of our parents
in VT work from home doing the telecommuting route? Certainly that will be
even more of an option in 10 years. I don't think we can leave technology
out of the picture here. Already our students are becoming "digital
kids".. they use cell phones, PDA's, computers, etc. They set up their
own networks, help their parents with computer issues and make some great
media using movie and video tools.
All that said, it would seem to me that our challenge is working with
students and helping them to identify when the use of technology is
appropriate and when it is not. Technology is a tool. Technology is a
tool. A pencil is a tool. It is important in 2004 to have both options
available to students. There should be a balance....
Technology Integration Specialist
7 West St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
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