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Hello. I've just joined Edutopia.org, and am looking forward to share educational experiences, mostly in math and education and as you all can see i am all new to this site

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Hadi,

Please join us in our discussion groups. Since your expertise is in math, checkout out our STEM group, your input would be extremely valued there. Feel free to provide input throughout edutopia.org also. Welcome!

Liz Pollock's picture
Liz Pollock
retired elementary teacher

Since I am new to this form of communication, I seem to end up in the wrong places! I was trying to write a haiku for the contest.

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

[quote]Since I am new to this form of communication, I seem to end up in the wrong places! I was trying to write a haiku for the contest.[/quote]

Hi Liz,

Welcome! Here's the link for our haiku poetry contest.

Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

I just found this site and decided to join. I look forward to discussions and possibly helping to reform our educational system before it's beyond repair! :)

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Katherine!

Welcome to Edutopia! We are looking forward to your insight and wisdom for enhancing education. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback. Is there a particular topic you are extremely interested in?

Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

I do, indeed, have a topic near to my heart these days, but I don't think there is a group for it. I refer to the selective disregard for basic facts in regard to using technology in education reform. I could go on all day about this but allow me to state my views in two catagories: 1)the current misapprehension that ALL people, students or otherwise, have some type of internet technology in the home, and 2) ALL people know how to USE that technology! I cannot begin to number the students who have come to me in tears because they cannot use the technology required. I spend nine tenths of my time in a computer lab explaining HOW the technology works, not the technology or the software, mind you, but BASIC computer knowledge, which, by the way, is NOT provided in basic introductory computer courses. We CANNOT continue to reform education with technology while ignoring two basic TRUE facts: 1) For most people, if the technology is beyond "point and click," they are LOST, and 2) despite what we hear every day in the media, only about 35-40% of the American public have internet technology in the home. The "facts" we continue to hear are based on urban areas where access and reasonable cost are available. I teach students from rural areas who become quickly frustrated by instructors who assume all students "know" the technology; after all, the schools provide it, so why don't they know it?

Again, I could go on all day! This misapprehension has a direct bearing on student retention and success. I cannot be the only teacher who has faced this problem and been told "not to worry about it...it's the students'responsibility to know the technology." Granted, but HOW do they learn if no one will teach them? I strongly feel this issue needs to be addressed at all levels. Ideas? Comments? New forum for this topic?

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Katherine,
Teachers, like you, understand those issues because you all are at the grassroots level. Intel has worked with communities to insert tech learning centers across the nation. (I use PCs and Macs. Just FYI-I'm not advertising for them. =)) We had low-income children and youth who came to the community center to use the computers and take classes on basic computer skills. This is an alternative and short term answer. Maintenance and upgrade costs are usually a burden to community centers. I wish that tech labs in schools, if they had one, would open later for students. Would you be interested in moving this discussion to a new thread under Online Learning group for the time being? I think this would be a great and important discussion for the community.

Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

Absolutely, Hubert! And thank you for understanding. You may move this discussion to the online learning group. Please make sure I still receive email notification when someone joins the discussion. As to the labs, Upgrades are expensive, but the type of computer learning I advocate needs no upgrade to teach! Just a hands-on learning approach that allows students to become thoroughly versed and competent with technology. :)

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