Thursday, May 18, 2006

Techno-skeptic

Bonnie Bracie shared an article from the Washington Post entitled "Can Computers Help Schools" by Jay Matthews. He says he is not Techno-phobic, but techno-skeptic. I think that we all should be techno-skeptic. However, I think that he, like much of the nation is measuring technology by the wrong measure. He says that a highly successful project which was sited because of its test scores was actually successful because it had a "a very energetic principal, a great faculty and an innovative curriculum".

That has ALWAYS been what makes a school successful!! It still is. Technology will not do it on its own and never has. What technology does is something that the tests DO NOT measure. It challenges students and teachers to think more deeply. It keeps good teachers in the classroom who were ready to retire. It is an extremely rich resource for the classroom which opens the windows to the world. It will not ever improve test scores of classrooms without "a very energetic principal, a great faculty and an innovative curriculum". Why does Mr. Matthews think that this exceptional school chose to use technology???

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