Kim Haynes Kim Haynes Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom.
Hood Schoolin North Reading, Massachusetts.
Because more and more students are getting a lot of computer experience at home, perhaps less time needs to be spent in school just familiarizing them with computers, but they can develop word-processing and desktop publishing skills and gain experience with content software.
Students gain confidence because they feel they are in charge of their learning when they work on their computers. We emphasize that they're not playing but 'working to learn to be smarter.
Teachers should ask themselves whether the technology is being used to do a learning activity in a new and creative way or to do a learning activity that is possible only with the help of technology. If the answer to all those questions is yes, then technology is a good choice for the learning activity.
The Tech Team members who responded to our question are classroom veterans who have used, or witnessed the use of, computer technology in the primary grades. Why are they in such disagreement with recent books and articles warning teachers about the harm that can result from such use?
A Critical Look at Computers and Childhoodthe use of computers for K-3 kids does show up in a positive light in educational research," Greene said.
The realization one comes to is that Healy has discovered that many computers sit idle in classrooms or are used for activities that do not address main educational goals. This is a result of a lack of resources, both time and money, spent on training teachers to use the computers that are placed in their rooms.
Therefore, a restatement of Healy's contentions might be 'If you don't train the teachers, the expensive machinery won't get used to good effect. The idea presented is that in the process of using computers, teachers hold back the milk of human kindness from their charges, Greene added.
There is no evidence presented that using computers and nurturing are mutually exclusive practices. Perhaps nurturing was not evident in the classrooms examined but, of course, it doesn't have to be that way. It should be assumed that correct use of technology in K-3 education would boost the nurturing and supportive characteristics of K-3 education and not delete them.
Budget dollars could be used to great effect to achieve main educational goals if the technology budget, and the use of technology in the classroom, is integrated intelligently into K-3 classrooms.
This necessitates a huge investment in money, time, and support to train teachers, something many school districts are failing at miserably. Nurturing and child-centered support could also be enhanced by intelligent application of classroom computers.
The Education World Tech Team includes 40 dedicated and knowledgeable educational-technology professionals who have volunteered to contribute to occasional articles that draw on their varied expertise and experience.
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