Discussions on classroom technology ask wrong questions, experts say

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  • Brent S Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    I wish the people commenting had been at the conference. Waterford Institute puts on this conference so people trying to use technology in education can benefit from the lessons learned by other people and not make the same mistakes over and over. The children are the focus.

    If done right, technology can really help the teachers help the children. It's not there to substitute for the teacher, but to act as an assistant teacher; One that can work tirelessly to help the teachers and students learn more.

    I wish those of you criticizing Waterford Institute and this conference could see the tireless efforts of its founder and employees and see the genuine desire to put the children first.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    April 3, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Not surprising that this conference favors technology. It is being hosted by the company that evolved from WICAT which produced software for education. That company is the parent of the Waterford Institute. They are, of course, looking for evidence and support that would help them market technology.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 3, 2013 4:37 a.m.

    This story is a red flag to parents and anyone paying education taxes.

    Who is motivating the students to learn and focus on learning? You don't allow students to work at their own pace, it makes lazy people lazier. Eduction and students should be working as teams in the class, not individuals with no motivation and dozens of scattered misdirections.

    The best education tool is still the pencil and paper, it seems the the humans ability to learn is done by slow and repeated repetition. Human education is not something we can plug the brain into and expect a child to learn. Human education and teaching computers is not the same. Computer knowledge is a program with one specific task of one mind. Computer knowledge is limited knowledge that is not compatible with the human mind and method of processing information.

    Humans do not have the total recall memory of a CPU or RAM chips, we invent our knowledge as we learn from the past and by different means of inputs. The technology of the brain is far superior to computers and to limit the brain with inferior technology of electronics is regressive and wasted education.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 2, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    Too many people controlling schools, and it's hurting our children.

    Let teachers do the driving. That's what they were hired to do. Everybody else, are backseat drivers, and need to stay out of it.

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    April 2, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    I don't trust anything that Howard Stephenson says about education -- ever.