"Sometimes children just need to learn how to use PowerPoint. Yes,
eventually, they need to understand what goes into making a successful
PowerPoint presentation but at the age of 8 just let them explore the
software. Teachers will assign kids projects to create presentations
about themselves, a set of instructions, or their favorite vacation. This
lets kids have fun and really enjoy learning. Once they are older, yes,
they should have a more structured learning on how to create a PowerPoint
presentation. Otherwise kids are just going to get burnt out.
"There is misleading information in this article. In the section on using
"clickers", the author states that the students all need laptops to use
this technology, which is wrong. The students all need their own
"clicker", which at the elementary level is provided by the school. The
teacher uses one computer to ask the question and receive the answers.
Recent research does suggest that these improve both teaching and learning
in the classroom. Most of this research has been done with older students,
but I am currently researching the use of Student Response Systems
(clickers) in the elementary classroom.
The author of this article doesn't seem to understand that the children of
today need to have technology incorporated into their daily activities
because that is what their future holds. Computers are not used as merely
word processors, the best practices described here are the norm in most
"Technology is very important life skill.Inorder to prepare for life and
success, children need tolearn more, not less. Including tchnology it
means learning more, in my opinion and equipping them with a valuable
skill, they will use and need to be familiar with. If teachers are
overwhelmed it shows they are oboslete, but they can re-train and need to.
We do not keep the children behind for such reason."
"Today, not every student needs a laptop to use the clicker technology.
SMART Technologies (makers of the SMART board, an interactive board) have
a product called the Senteo which allows students to respond without the
use of individual laptops. You do need one computer to run the program
though. I have used it and found it extremely engaging for the students.
"Not everyone needs a laptop to use clickers. "
"I would like to learn more about the clickers, companies, costs etc. Can you provide the details? CB"
"Our elementary school (Namaqua) is one of the leaders in the district in acquiring Prometheus/Smart boards for the classrooms. Our parent committee partnered with the administration to raise money for the technology, and to purchase training for the teachers. At a demo given for parents, we saw how the use of this combination white board/computer/internet tool allows teachers to engage students using all their senses. The kids are eager to use it, and the teachers are learning ways to use it to really enhance learning. It's exciting to see, and there are lessons on-line that teachers can download to help them use the technology most effectively. It's just a tool, but used properly it has amazing potential."
"Thanks for this great article"
"This issue was quite useful. It gives me some context with which to view computer use in the schools. Thanks."
"I think technology can lead to a deeper understanding. It has to help to see where Lewis and Clark explored or terrain they had to cross, this is one way the internet can help us. I think the kids will be excited to learn if its not just a lecture."
"I have taught in a classroom of 5th graders for five years and we all had laptop computers to use at school and home. We learned from each other and created many wonderful projects. But the greatest fact was how these kids became problem solvers and what they learned has 'stuck' with them long after they left the classroom."
"There is a lot of emphasis on high tech, and I see little praticle application. The automotive industry is a high tech area and most highschools have closed their auto shops, and do not even give an introduction to the second most expensive item most people own."
"I’ll tell you the problem with using technology at such a young age. Children will learn to take short cuts and not really be able to appreciate what they learn. The analogy of the Lewis and Clark power point is more accurate then anyone thinks. One must learn to walk before they can run. If you go to a university to take the Calculus sequence you are not permitted to use any graphing calculators, you must understand the fundamental theorems in order to apply them. Why should elementary school be any different? If a kid can Google, highlight, copy, paste and whala they have a report done, they’ve learned nothing. Further more, as far as dependency on technology goes, if for any reason it quits working people are lost. You need to understand the nuts and bolts of what is going on. "
"Good article. I think all parents need a detail of the controls in place when working in technology in classroom situations. Many teachers are overwhelmed and overworked with little to no training in computer education. Many technicians were teachers first, and not engineers in the field. Computer based work needs to come from an engineering side rather than a 'teacher add on'. Does our Superintendant have any background in computer technology? If not, how would he/she know if classes are being taught correctly? Where is all the money going?? As a parent, I see no 'good' use of this exchange especially when high schoolers enter college without proper skills, including sound keyboarding practice. As an engineer and college professor, we need to get in the game."