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02 February 2005: Rocks and Chalkboards (5 of 6)

One of the things that bothers me the most about this topic, though, is the way computer technology in the classroom can affect teachers and teaching.

Have you ever put aside time to try out the new ‘educational software’ before you let your students try it? I have countless times, but I never quite got there. I admit, it seems that turning in the latest cycle of assessment scores or planning instruction usually got the better of me.

Have you ever relied on computer assessments or programs to direct your teaching? When we’re told that these assessment strategies are more accurate and efficient than the ones we administer ourselves, why shouldn’t we take advantage of the technology to make our lives easier?

Have you ever taught a lesson about computers to your students? I’m not talking about how to use a computer, I mean a lesson about computers. Do your students know that most computer technology was developed for military use, or that there is no governing body regulating information on the internet for accuracy?

teaching quote of the day

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

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