Education is there an App for that?

Over the past week, I have been conversing with colleagues about the impact of technology on our students, specifically mobile technologies like cell phones and the new improved smart phones.  What struck us most was that these new technologies are a powerful tool for students to use in the classroom.  They can surf the web, check their spelling, calculate numbers, and much more.  We soon began to wonder – will these technologies change what we currently teach in schools?  What about cursive handwriting?  I can’t remember the last time I wrote something in cursive.  With word processors, texting, IMing, and a variety of other communication tools, should time be spent on teaching students to use these tools rather than on handwriting?  All mobile technologies have calculators, so are times tables really necessary?  What about states and capitals?  Students can quickly Google the capital of a state or country.   Do these technologies need to be considered today, when we look at what we teach in our classrooms?  Or, are we creating a group of students who cannot think for themselves and are becoming too reliant on technology?  It seems as though there is an App for just about everything to help people make decisions on almost every topic.  As an educator, it leaves us with a real dilemma as to how we should use these technologies and teach kids about these technologies.  As technology increases, this question will have to be considered within our educational system.  I just hope by then they have an App for that.

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  1. Thanks for the lesson plan of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. I teach 8th grade Civics on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Much of how he addresses the major concerns pertains to the people on this reservation. It is good to have some insight through your tips as to how to involve the young minds I have in class in their present and future national situations.

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