Thursday, August 23, 2007

Teaching Basic Skills

We're starting the school year with four days of in-service. Yesterday in a faculty meeting, a teacher commented that in her opinion, technology shouldn't be emphasized until students master the basics such as math skills, spelling, punctuation, etc.

On the way home yesterday, my husband, a veteran social studies teacher with 33 years of experience, said he disagreed with that comment. He said, "We need to USE the technology to teach the basic skills. That's how kids learn today."

I couldn't have said it better myself! (The poor guy has actually learned about tech integration after being subjected to my rantings and ravings at home over the years!)

Technology cannot be an "add on," a fun thing to do AFTER we teach "the basics." Technology is just one more tool to employ to teach the basics, as well as critical thinking, problem solving, and other higher-level thinking skills.

I don't care how beautiful a PhotoStory movie looks, or how many sound effects and transitions a student uses in a PowerPoint presentation. If the content is weak, the technology use was a waste of time.

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