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High School Art Instructor

Share the future blog link if

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Share the future blog link if you can. I'd love to be part of that discussion!

High School Art Instructor

[quote]You have just inspired

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[quote]You have just inspired a future blog post---what will the "computer lab of the future" look like? Something definitely needs to change. We've been having these same conversations for way too long.[/quote][quote]You have just inspired a future blog post---what will the "computer lab of the future" look like? Something definitely needs to change. We've been having these same conversations for way too long.[/quote][quote]You have just inspired a future blog post---what will the "computer lab of the future" look like? Something definitely needs to change. We've been having these same conversations for way too long.[/quote]

High School Art Instructor

Thanks for sending out those

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Thanks for sending out those positive vibes Mary Beth Hertz. I am here reviewing this article again and reflecting.

I am still using technology as any person in this place and time with the capabilities should. I am still in the process of requesting an art room studio with square footage and lab space combined to get back to the past which oddly for me... was the future. Yes, I'm going back to the future 'pun intended'.

I think one hurdle we have as educators is the digital divide. As an artist and organizer I compartmentalize but I also dissect. Compartmentalizing without dissecting may be part of the equation with this digital divide between generations.

I see this happening more and more with educators than with our students. I'm '40' and I grew up as the daughter of an 'digital' entrepreneur. Maybe I just think a bit... different?

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

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You have just inspired a future blog post---what will the "computer lab of the future" look like? Something definitely needs to change. We've been having these same conversations for way too long.

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Jerry

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Jerry, I heartily agree. That is why it is so important for technology to be integrated into the classroom. Just as students might pick up a pencil or reach for their notebook at appropriate times, they should also have access to technology when the time is appropriate. I am an advocate for technology serving learning, not vice versa, and I have even written a post for Edutopia entitled "The Right Technology Might Be a Pencil."

Many of the educators I know don't "worship" technology, but rather understand that it is a vital part of the learning process for now and for our students' futures. The problem is that, like anything in education, schools fall prey to fads and trends that focus on all of the wrong things.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Jerry

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Jerry, for more on what I mean by "integrating technology," you can read my post on it here: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/meaning-tech-integration-elementary-mary-be...

I also just wrote recently on the myth of the "Digital Native." (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-native-digitial-citizen-stereotype-...) While many children use technology ubiquitously, we cannot assume that a) all children do and have access to these tools b) that they know how to use them for learning purposes.

I completely agree with you, however, that technology has the power to open up the classroom to the world!

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Lilla

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You make a great point, Lilla. Often, computer lab teachers are not necessarily prepared to teach computer literacy, or there is no set curriculum, or there is no set expectation of what should be taught in the first place. Like any teaching position, it is important that the person have a basic understanding of how children learn before they are expected to teach any subject.

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Kimberly

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Thanks for your perspective as an art instructor. Technological "advances" have definitely redefined what we consider "art." I'm glad you are incorporating technology into your art instruction. It's too bad that you had to take a step backwards.

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Alisa

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Just curious, did the classroom teacher stay in the lab to learn alongside the kids? I think this is a missing element in lab instruction. If the teacher stays with the kids, then he/she will feel more comfortable using the tools with his or her students without the technology teacher.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Ajit

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Thanks for the link, Ajit. I love the work you describe using Rasperry Pi and Arduino. I think that we are at a tipping point for what we call "Computing" or "Computer Science." Great insight, thanks!

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