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I Am A Teacher of Tomorrow and Not Yesterday!

It looks like TCDSB is going down a similar path as TDSB, pointed out in this conversation with Dean, although one can only guess at this point. (I’m sorry if I’m a pessimist)  There was a request for information on the “Use of cell phones and other electronic devices on school property .“

The survey itself is available on the TCDSB web site. I was particularly troubled by the reference to iPods, MP3 players and the likes.

The problem is not with the tools but old practices meeting today’s student. You can always turn off a phone or iPod, but by banning tools that students use everyday are we preparing our children for tomorrow or yesterday?

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  1. Jon Musolf
    May 9th, 2007 | 1:57 pm

    I agree. Students can use all sorts of devices to cheat on assessments that address learning on the lowest levels. If teachers assess higher level thinking skills, sure definitions and formulas would be helpful in arriving at a simple answer but analysis of results or justification of one model over the other is beyond the range of simple cheats.

    The science teacher at my school dislikes graphing calculators because of the applications and programming capabilities. Failure to see the power to move beyond simple rote work using technology is a common theme in American education. The more some of us try to move forward, the more State standards and administrator try to go backward.

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