Thursday, May 04, 2006

Getting There by Alan Warhaftig

Read Alan's Ed Week piece. If you haven't registered at Ed Week it now. :-)

Here he questions the vaildity of Marc Prensky's "21st Century Tools". He also gives it to, "vendors who shamelessly hype potential not evident in actual products—urging schools, meanwhile, to buy what’s available today, so American students won’t fall behind."

Isn't it disturbing that we are still asking the same questions about the integration of educational technology that we were asking in the late 80's? Isn't it disappointing that a typical classroom (I'm talking about a REAL public school classroom where a vendor wouldn't survive 5 minutes, not the rare space mocked up for glossy ads.) has not been impacted by all of the technological advances of the last 20 years, physically or pedagogically?

Man...Alan, you really "hit a nerd" with this one.

Jim :-)


sa.ul said...

it is disturbing and sad. wish i could say more. as a public school teacher deeply interested in new technologies and information history, it's a sad predicament.

interesting site. keep up the great work!

Judith Comfort said...

Loved the article, especially the quoted question and answer, "How, then, can we sensibly integrate technology?" - "technology integration must begin with lesson design, not wish lists of hardware and software." This is tried-and-true mathod of all the resource-based lessons that I, as a teacher-librarian have team-taught with teachers for decades. Starting with - what are you trying to accomplish with the kids? - let me find the resources and tools needed to support your lesson. Digital resources and tools are great but need to find their proper place amongst a myriad of teaching strategies and non digital resources (including reality! - how about we go into the woods - way better than searching a database of 500 plants)?