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* Electronic Equipment does not "Technology" Make
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on November 27, 2006|
|EdLand equates "technology" with "equipment." In every other sector "technology" is equated with functional capability. Word processing is a useful technology because it beats writing by hand. Search engines are a useful technology because they beat using "card catalogs" and other library print resource techniques. But a considerable amount of time and effort was devoted to developing the technologies. To say that no comparable effort is devoted to the development of technology that would provide functional capability in the classroom at any level of schooling is a vast understatement.|
It's ironic that our laptops can read, but many of our elementary students can't.
Sooner or later someone is going to figure out that you can't just throw equipment at schools any more than you can just throw money at them. Well that's not quite true. That's just what we're doing--but with the consequences that Cuban capably describes.