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From Blackboards to Smart Boards: Using Technology in Classrooms
From Blackboards to Smart Boards: Using Technology in Classrooms

AIR DATE: August 3, 2012

Teachers are learning how to teach math, but this time with digital chalkboards and tablet computers.  Incorporating new technology in classrooms is part of the curriculum in the professional development classes that the Clark County School District offered this summer.  The classes are designed to help teachers engage students by using the latest technological trends and new teaching methods.  Although teachers say they understand the importance of students interacting with technology, the benefits are still unclear.


Paul Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, Furman University

Jori Crilley, professional development instructor

Kris Huffman, professional development instructor

Dana Crampton, 3rd grade teacher


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    I'm appalled that KNPR and Educators would abuse a word so badly. Technology has been in the classroom since the inception of education, from personal slates in the 1800's to pencil and paper in the 1900's, it's all technology. What the discussion was about was Computer Technology. tech·nol·o·gy/tekÈnälYj/ Noun: The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, esp. in industry: "computer technology"; "recycling technologies". Machinery and equipment developed from such scientific knowledge. definition tech·nol·o·gy  [tek-nol-uh-jee] noun 1. the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science. 2. the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature. 3. a technological process, invention, method, or the like. 4. the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.
    Paul DriverAug 2, 2012 20:53:22 PM
    What about handwriting and penmanship?! I can still remember being taught the weight and strokes of writing cursive vs print. Is this dead? Or dying? I hope this is one thing that technology won't kill, but it looks like those teachers who rely on computers and other devices are the ones that doesn't know how to "write" anymore.
    TyAug 2, 2012 09:58:08 AM
    The elementary teacher gave you an example of how it's unnecessary. You don't need one of these expensive things to show kids a picture of Mars. You don't even need it to show video, as you can do that with a laptop and projector. Where an interactive white board is valuable, I think, is when it's interactive, when kids come up and touch and use it in a different way. However, one of the real dangers in education right now is that paying teachers decently will be sacrificed to buying expensive equipment that really isn't worth the money. Poor teachers with expensive toys is not going to help our students; it's going to help our corporate CEO's. Since we have a "business model"-oriented superintendent, this is a real danger. Comment on the laptops: We have some in our school, but they don't work properly because the school is so old. Now, those are what I'd like more than an interactive white board. BUT THEY NEED TO WORK!
    justateacherAug 2, 2012 09:41:41 AM
    I absolutely agree with the caller that you can't just keep chasing technology and spending exorbitant amounts. On the other hand, you cannot leave these kids in the pre-computer world, and you must supply access to computers to those who don't have them at home. But spending a fortune on boards that don't work, or that are on stands that kids trip over and take up already-limited floor space is shortsighted. "Ooh, cool, let's buy it!" without thinking it through and really trying it out on a small scale to see the problems is not a very intelligent way to manage spending.
    justateacherAug 2, 2012 09:33:09 AM
    Ms. Crampton sure has learned the buzzwords! Teachers here need more access to computers for kids to use individually in the classroom. Also, I have heard many, many stories about interactive white boards that DON'T WORK. It's not enough to buy expensive equipment. We need MORE SUPPORT WITH THE EQUIPMENT, like more than one computer person in the school. Isn't that a no-brainer? Not with the CCSD, it's not. We also need buildings that have networks that ACTUALLY WORK. Good luck with that in cheap Nevada. Please don't just talk to the district-seal-of-approval teachers.
    justateacherAug 2, 2012 09:27:30 AM
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