Re: [WWWEDU] Need a Video to Launch
- I am speaking from an elementary point of view. That is the elementary
teacher has all day but often not permission to use technology except in prescribed
ways. She is probably talking about
Millde School or high school with valid points.
bbracey at aol com
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- from Dr. Steve Eskow - Start a school. - Again
Although I have 7-12 teaching certifications in Math, Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science/Literacy, I appreciate the need
to get back into the classroom and redo what I previously accomplished
in 12 years of middle school and high school teaching.
What I don't appreciate that much is your method of refuting the
research done by others. Larry Cuban's research did not disparage the
use of technology in K-12 education, but bemoaned the lack of it (some
reasons were speculated upon, including a lack of teacher training). The
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow research was conducted, not by the Apple
Corporation, but by a renowned group of researchers from UCLA and also
by David Dwyer (a preeminent early technological researcher). Surely you
want to make your point, not by casting aspersions on the research of
others and by misconstruing legitimate research, but by presenting
research findings that you and your colleagues have published.
I appreciate the creation of schools that you say you and your
colleagues have accomplished. Where is the research results that
demonstrate the legitimacy of your claims? It may be that the reason
there is less use of technology for instructional purposes by the
nation's K-12 teachers is not resistance to change or lack of teacher
training. The root cause may indeed be the inappropriateness of trying
to layer technology on top of an obsolete education system. And, I would
be more than happy to acknowledge that reality should you present
sufficient research to support it. In fact, this contention is the major
conjecture of Ned Davis' book, "Lessons for Tomorrow". However, Ned does
not claim to base this contention on solidified research. He merely
sites the difficulties with the present educational model and presents a
new model of schooling that addresses those difficulties.
Perhaps someone with deep pockets will eventually emulate his ideas.
However, starting a school is a time intensive, labor intensive, and
especially a currency intensive undertaking and very very few of us up
here in these ivory towers have the funds, connections, and backing to
accomplish it. So, instead of shouting, "Go start a school", as a way of
supporting your conclusions, why not present research data. After all
that is what professors of education do.
Patrick Greene, PhD
Florida Gulf Coast University