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From: Akhila Seshadri (akhilasesh@sify.com)
Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 19:03:47 EDT

  • Next message: covs_dhc@ACCESS-K12.org: "[Channel-talklearning] response to Kathy Estes"

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for writing. We needn't throw technology out of the window. Paper and pencil is also technology. What we in schools need to work out really is a joint and more or less cohesive understanding of "why" a certain technology is appropriate. Right now, it's tahnks to such advanced technology that we're able to write to each other, even read Debbie's reply to you and to do The Learning Classroom Course. The problem is often we, humans become subserviant to technology. That's the pity. I have thought deeply about this. But, we can always talk more about this as we go and if it interests. As a woman, I do see that I have been freed a lot by technology(refrigerators to washing machines to microwave ovens, to an individual vehicle to commute),but the problem really is EVERYBODY has not been emancipated by these. This is the real problem. Some HAVE and some HAVE NOT.
    Affly, to both of you,
    Akhila
    Chennai,India
    Quoting covs_dhc@ACCESS-K12.org:

    > Hi Kathy:
    >
    > I am also appreciative of your comments about the dangers of technology
    > and
    > their effects on learning. I wish there was a formal organization that
    >
    > exisited where educators who disagreed with the current trends could
    > feel
    > supported. It is difficult having to pretend all the time that I am a
    >
    > total supporter of technology. I am the Library Media Specialist and I
    > am
    > not only supposed to support technology, I am supposed to always know
    > how
    > to solve any and all problems with technology. Often I find that the
    > technological solutions are more complicated than the old fashioned
    > way.
    >
    > Keep in touch.
    >
    > Debbie Cogan
    > Lisbon, Ohio
    >
    > --On Sunday, October 12, 2003 9:13 PM -0400 estes <estesg@bellsouth.net>
    >
    > wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > Hi Akhila:
    > >
    > > I have read and started my paper on the Learning Classroom. I too
    > feel
    > > like a traitor or alien in the public school system, because I think
    > > students need to use their brain, not calculators. If society wants
    > to
    > > have a knowledgeable future it must stop relying on computers and
    > > calculators in the classrooms. I have also read and studied eastern
    > > philosophy. I agree with Krishnamurti that there are too many
    > influences
    > > on children that affect learning. I feel that if we do not take back
    > our
    > > classrooms and teach the students the society we have will go down
    > the
    > > tube with technology (some other persons work). There is a difference
    > in
    > > teaching than in teaching to a class. I think the basic learning by
    > book
    > > and pencil would be an excellent tool or skill to pass on to other
    > > educators. The public schools are just the window of the past
    > learner
    > > and the future of the blind learner. We need to balance the learning
    > with
    > > life skills for tomorrow's student.
    > >
    > > Stay in touch,
    > >
    > > Kathy Estes
    > > Blacksburg , SC
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
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