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Powering Up: Learning to Teach Well With Technology


reviewed by Robert W. Butche 2005

coverTitle: Powering Up: Learning to Teach Well With Technology
Author(s): Eileen M. Coppola
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744980, Pages: 218, Year: 2004
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A great deal of academic study in the last 25 years has focused on how best to apply technology in school settings. Unfortunately, in-service teachers, even those who have come to love their computers, still remain fundamentally uncertain about how to use technology to solve real, everyday classroom problems. The reasons are many, not the least of which is that digital systems are not a traditional constituent of learning. The book has been the dominant learning technology for centuries. No wonder teachers and academics find digital technologies strange, uncomfortable to talk about, and more than a little baffling. On the other side of the coin, nonengineers find it difficult to grasp the potential digital systems have, or could offer, in educational settings because of their appliance view of digital systems. Computers are not an appliance that can be plugged in and forgotten. Digital systems are not appliances, but infrastructure that is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1570-1573
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11781, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:59:02 AM

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  • Robert Butche
    Ohio State University Archives & College of Education
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    ROBERT W. BUTCHE is a former executive and technologist with Allegro Microsystems, Corvus Systems, and TeleTraffic Technologies and a consultant in CPU design and digital systems performance assessment, operating-system design, security applications, and technology-enhanced education. He is the historian of the Ohio State University College of Education and The Ohio State University School and a producer of historic materials for the OSU Archives Oral History collection. His most recent book is Image of Excellence: The Ohio State University School (Lang, 2000). He is currently working on another book project, Growing Up in University School, an autobiographical case study of The Ohio State University School, for publication in 2005.
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