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Re: [teacherartexchange] It takes all levels


From: Diane Gregory (dianegregory2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 25 2007 - 17:12:48 PDT


You might enjoy my story about being on the computer
for way too much time. I am teaching four online
classes this semester at Texas Woman's University and
making a million presentations across the nation and
writing articles since I am going up for tenure this
fall. Needless to say I have been spending numerous
hours in front of the computer. Well one day I
thought I needed to click on a blank Word page to
start typing. Instead of actually clicking my mouse
to make the I Beam appear, I typed the word CLICK on
the screen. I laughed outloud and turned off the
computer for the day. :-)


--- Peggy Woolsey <> wrote:

> I love you folks. In fact, I could never totally dis
> technology with
> such great people as you on this list, always
> helpful. It must seem
> to most of the younger teachers that this argument
> of mine is
> irrelevant to the lives of younger people. And yet,
> an interesting
> thing happened in a research methods grad course I
> was taking. One of
> the youngest teachers works with an organization
> called Katimavik
> working with youth- and based on community work and
> outdoor
> education. She said that all technology is banned
> from the residences
> (except one phone, one tv and one computer).
> Students live there full
> time. The teacher said that after a short time, most
> of them really
> liked the situation, felt their communication was
> better, and vowed
> to limit their computer, cell phone, etc. etc. use
> in future. Many of
> the older teachers couldn't understand why the young
> people couldn't
> have their computers etc!
> Thanks,
> Peggy
> While we, as educators, may wish to shut down the
> technology, it is
> where our students live, and if we want to engage
> them in meaningful
> learning education we must make it meaningful to the
> student. If you
> want to have students dialogue on these deep issues
> try starting a
> blog for students to dialogue on. Students who may
> not speak up in
> class may surprise you with their thoughts when put
> into a different
> context. :-)
> ~Michal
> Social justice issues are great topics for Wiki
> sites!
> Wikis are simple and do not require much
> maintenance.
> In fact, you could have your own students take
> care
> of it for you. It can extend the discussion you
> have
> in class to out side of class and bring in others
> from
> outside.
> Just a thought! :-)
> Take care,
> Diane
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