Okay, a good article even if a bit “fluffy”..

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48358371/ns/technology_and_science-back_to_school/#.UC9zj6D0YdU

A few main things that make me hit my head on the table.

“When students use an iPad, they use it recreationally and socially, but teachers use iPads for their educational and professional use. We wanted both sides to use it in all worlds. Instead of teachers being afraid to ask for help, we now have students helping teachers be successful in the classroom,” he said.”

Yup. I’ve never met a teacher that said “Hey, Jimmy, I don’t know how to use my iPad, can you show me”.
WILL NEVER HAPPEN!

Majority of educators who are “tech-dumb” just will sit it on the pile of stuff on the radiator box behind their desk and forget about it. Sad but true.

“Naturally, cost was identified as the primary limiting factor, more than learning to use the new tools or any shortcomings in the tools themselves. And not surprisingly, teachers who taught in high-income areas found the administration, board and parents more supportive of technology.”

Flat out translation: We’ll support it so long as we don’t have to pay for it. God forbid we have a “sea change” and try to partner with Apple or get a Kickstarter grant (which I’m still smarting over because they turned my idea to give kids at my daughter’s school iPads or Fire tablets and i wanted to capture metrics to prove greater retention and cost savings!)

Sorry guys, Id rather see he purchase of Kindles and electronic science books over the bullshit of buying 300 out of date texts that you pay to buy, pay to ship to you, make the parents pay when they are used, then pay to dispose of  in 7 years. Yeah, that seems like the best way to educate a kid…costs more, out of date, incorrect, penalized for frequent use. Capital!
Final point:

“Frank Noschese, a science teacher at John Jay High School in New York, described the weakness of using technology as just another way to make students memorize and regurgitate information.

“I’m not against technology in the classroom, I’m against using technology as away to dispense information to students, for them to consume it and then spit back out,” he told NBC News in an earlier interview.

“I want to see students using technology to create knowledge for themselves. It’s not technology versus not technology, it’s about content delivery via lecture versus content delivery via exploration.”

I kinda like Frank. He’s touching on what my friends at Fractus Learning, Alan November, and The Chalk Face have been saying for a while. Tech is a tool, not a replacement for a teacher. Teachers need to EDUCATE, not always FACILITATE. Use the Kindle to replace the book, good cost-effective solution to a long term problem. use the Kindle to give the kid meaningless lists to memorize and spit back for an “A”, that’s as stupid as giving them a paper list. Now true, there is an amount of “bulk knowledge” that every kid needs to learn, but it cannot be an end-point or a more “high tech” way to “teach to the test” (and please, I was a science major…let me tell you about brute memorization!)

Teachers and administrators, you’re not there to ignore or play with the cool toys, you need to use them to enhance the educational process.

In other words, i need to get on the ball and find other ways to get someone/something to get some investment in the tech in my kid’s school ASAP. It needs wireless. It needs repeaters..it needs tablets..and it needs someone who can trick out the tech to get it to run. We got great tech people there, for sure. Now we need to push the whole school system so far ahead that the other ones in the county look to our school as the “gold standard” for responsible tech use in elementary and middle education.

Rant over. I am starting to hear the bells of a new school year starting, so I always get like that.

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