OK, so if we're "teaching them to fish", shouldn't they be able to do that
with any "fishing pole?"
Understanding how to operate a computer, and more importantly how to learn
new technologies regardless of platform or hardware seems to be most
important. The point is well made that the details of what we teach them now
will no longer be important when our students enter the workplace.
Example: much of my early technology training focused on learning
programming languages: BASIC, Pascal, COBOL, etc. Do I use that now?
I much appreciate this discussion!
> Steve is absolutely right about the specificity pitfall. I believe
> the idea is to teach how to do technology (which is to say: how to
> think), not how to do a *specific* technology, which will be obsolete by
> the time our students hit the marketplace.
> Vincent Rossano
> Information Technology Director
> Montpelier Public Schools
> 58 Barre Street
> Montpelier, VT 05602
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> On Apr 12, 2005, at 7:52 AM, BJORN NORSTROM wrote:
>> My concern with Macs is that the short term financial gain that Macs
>> may provide may cause a long-term concern in terms of students not
>> being prepared to enter the post-high school market where PCs are
> If our schools are preparing students so tied to a particular instance
> of technology, then we're in deep doo-doo.
> Luckily, that's not the reality. It's more the case that the students
> can use the new technology and the teachers and schools don't
> it. The problem solving skills they learn on a PS2 or Xbox might
> actually serve them better than learning how to double space something
> in Microsoft Word !