â€œNearly nine out of 10 teachers (89 percent) say students who use technology for help with homework do better on their assignments than those who do not.â€What does that mean? Googling the answers?
This post above was not on an education type blog. Just a regular blog about regular things. But it sure made me ponder. Of COURSE using technology makes your homework better. Maybe student are “Googling the answers” but is that really all bad? Isn’t it more important to know how to FIND the answers than to KNOW all of the answers?
My first grade daughter came home with homework that required her to alphabetize a set of words. I made sure she knew how to do it and then I had her type the words into a Word document and then showed her how to have the application sort them for her. “Well, why would I ever do it on my own?” Why indeed! Okay, I was a good parent and explained that sometimes we need to order things that are already printed and it doesn’t make sense to type it all into a computer, but I think she was given just as big a service learning how to make technology do the work for her as she was given learning how to alphabetize by hand.
The other day she asked me how crayons were made. I told her I didn’t know exactly. Before I could offer anything further she said, “We can Google it when we get home.” Now how cool is THAT?!
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