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How do people understand computing, and how can we improve that understanding?



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By: gasstationwithoutpumps

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:35:41 +0000

There is not a lot of evidence that schoolroom technology actually improves education. The push for instructional technology is not coming on pedagogical grounds but on a mystical belief in the power of technology to fix anything, combined with hefty commissions for the salespeople. Some of the more expensive technology, like "interactive" whiteboards, offers little advantage over much cheaper approaches. See my post http://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/wasting-money-on-interactive-whiteboards/ and Bill Ferriter's http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2010/11/examining-prometheans-recent-report-on-iwbs.html



By: andyjko

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:45:05 +0000

It's definitely a tough situation. Some of the most viable ways might involve participatory design in continuing education programs, since many districts require them, and those that don't often incentivize their teachers to go back for masters.



By: Jung Choi

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:23:39 +0000

It also appears to be that money spent on the technology takes away from money spent on teacher salaries in Idaho. Administrators need to show teachers how the technology makes their jobs easier, better, and more effective.