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07/16/2013

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This article makes some excellent points that tend to go against popular thought in education: that computer and other new technology is a tool that should be used appropriately. Many of us have probably seen an educator who has fallen in love with a specific technology and tries to use it in every lesson whether appropriate or not for that particular use. That does not make the classroom more efficient.
Not that efficiency is necessarily the focus for classroom activity. However, if we can use technology, as noted in the article, to make the repetitive tasks less so, then we can devote more time to the task of presenting situations where the students can increase their knowledge.
The 'wow' factor of technology may work to increase engagement, however, students can see through the curtains at the Great Oz, and tend to ignore the directions, just as Dorothy did in Baum's classic.

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