Thursday, September 6, 2012
I am back in the classroom after a two year stint as a technology resource teacher. Teaching 8th grade science. I am a bit torn. Last year at this time, I had used computers twice in nine days. After nine days this year, I have not used them once. Where is the line? Most computer programs do not allow kids who use them for assignments to make mistakes; real scientists DO make mistakes. In other words, I do not see programs for science that allow errors. Real science makes mistakes; measurement errors, calculation errors and so on. Software does not allow this. So when do you use tech as a substitute for a good hands-on lab with real-world applications?