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More technology equals better students, teachers say

Original post made on Jul 28, 2011

MERIT -- Making Education Relevant and Interactive Through Technology -- is a year-long course taught by Foothill faculty and former program participants through a series of workshops and college courses. The program aims to give teachers the tools and knowledge they need to pursue inventive, technology driven lessons.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 28, 2011, 11:28 AM

Comments

Posted by Jeff, a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I'm a computer programmer, and I've talked to enough of my peers about technology in the classroom to speak on their behalf.

We are no fans of more technology in the classroom. The only reason you need technology in the classroom is to teach technology, like computer programming, spreadsheets, how to build a website, and the like. Computers won't make you a better reader or better at math or chemistry or physics.

School districts should stop wasting money on technology and instead spend money on hiring better teachers.


Posted by Erica, a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I beleive the purpose of the use of technology in the classroom is to use a tool that interests children to get them to learn by having fun and relating to them on their level. This is the age of facebook, twitter the iPad smartphones, and wifi. Why not use these different sources of new technology to teach children how to do math, chemistry and all of the other subjects they are required too learn. Learning about technology does not replace the requirements that each student must meet but it can enhance the way the lesson is presented.


Posted by Jessica, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Computer programmers, such as "Jeff" need to divert their overpaid salaries into the schools. Mountain View and Los Altos don't need to hire better teachers, in fact, they need to pay their teachers more! My children's teachrs have done a wonderful job! My children are at Stanford, Univ. of Michigan, and Julliard now!