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Response to Gardner Campbell

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I enjoyed what Dr. Campbell had to say about teaching through the new technological lens that frames our society. As he makes clear, and as I completely agree, technology needs to be taught in mainstream classrooms. This doesn’t mean the use of an online chatroom for discussion. Teachers need to really use technology to its full potential. Firstly, because the technology available today can drastically improve the effectiveness of education, but most importantly because technology is a HUGE part of our world. To deny students knowledge of all that technology can offer is to set them back when they enter the  world after their education. EVERY field that any person will work in will incorporate mass amounts of technology. If we start teaching students these skills, they will have the appropriate skill set when they join their workforce. As Dr. Campbell suggests, students could greatly benefit from being provided a web server and access to blogs and wikis when they are in school. He mentions college, but even middle and highschoolers should be exposed to these technologies. Allowing students space to create their “personal cyberinfrastructure” gives students a space to learn, explore, create, and interact in a modern, useful way. Something that really struck me from Dr. Campbell’s article was his metaphor or embarking on a technological odyssey. Learning so very much an exploration into new worlds of information and skills. To not teach our students how to explore and benefit from technology and the web, would be to deny them of a critical real-world skill.

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