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Old May 6th, 2011, 11:45 AM   #1

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Should Teachers encourage Open-Book/Laptop Learning ?

Having read this article - http://www.lsureveille.com/opinion/s...orld-1.2560128
I must say that it does share some light on the fact that presently, the education system is too old. It needs to change. Students shouldn't memorize but should learn skills that they need to know when becoming a member of society.
So should teachers encourage Open-Book or Open-Laptop (that is, searching on the internet) learning ?
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Old May 6th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #2

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Teaching styles and methods vary so greatly.
There are a lot of great formulas but sadly, they don't automatically
fit like a glove. Each year the ingredients of types of students sitting in front
of you changes. It's very much in flux.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 11:54 PM   #3

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I think embracing technology is a necessity for education systems globally, but perhaps it would really need to depend on the subject. For instance: learning dates in history is not without a point. At times, keeping such dates in mind can aid in formulating an argument where piecing together several events would provide a key solution; it would allow the connection of chronological events to help, etc.
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Anything that works should be considered. However there should always be a fall back position where a good education can be given without the extras.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #5

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I am for anything that works whether it be ebooks or regular. However, I do not think technology is an absolute necessity for the classroom. I've seen too many schools in my area become too dependent on it and it destroy their classroom. One school in particular had the highest test scores of all public schools. They decided to give all the kids Macbooks and their test scores took a dive the next year.

I use technology in my classroom, but it has never been as effective as acting out a scene or telling a good story or building something.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 03:57 PM   #6

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This reminds me of the Teachers using Facebook debate. Which I am against, because who wants a teacher calling your house every day? So why should you want a personal relationship with them on facebook?

As for using the internet in the class. I don't know, because it has been years since I have attended school.

However, in grade school, I was asked to leave the word processor alone, and go out for recess like all the other kids. I also played games on the computer when there was opportunity to do so.

Looking back at college, I really appreciated the lectures. They were the best thing about school except for the hands on. So... any time spent in school in a social environment should probably be spent doing social things. Jmo...

However, I can't imagine any teacher forbidding the use of the internet for research assignments.

From your article.

some educators are exploring the risks and benefits of open-book, group and even open-laptop exams.
Sure, and if they do that, then they would probably need to make the passing grade a steeper curve. I mean if you get the answer wrong and you are using the internet on an exam, perhaps it should reflect real life in the grading as well.

Glad I am not forking out 40,000 a year for that sort of education. I mean couldn't you just show up for the final exam instead of paying for the whole semester?

I could definitely see curriculum having exams/tests on topics which are highly shrouded in urban legendesque. Or tests that involve critical evaluation of world events. That sort of thing. But for any exams that involve memorizing rules, or common events, probably not. What would be the point of that?

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Old August 30th, 2011, 04:26 PM   #7

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In real life when a question comes up, 99% of the time you are near a computer/phone to look it up. At a job, I doubt my boss will ever say, "Quick, $6624.73, $72543.92, $7352.93. Add 'em up pronto!"

If school officials really want to prepare students for real life, they should allow some form of research available during exams. Of course, the passing grade would have to be drastically increased because so much information is readily available.

But if this becomes common practice, there will be sites opened that tell answers specifically for the test the students are taking. Kind of a paradox, IMO.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #8

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With just about everything, I believe moderation is the key here. Technology certainly can and does help in the classroom, but too much of it becomes a problem. In my classes I have students who constantly rely on their electronic dictionaries, instead of taking the same amount of time to think critically about an unknown word. Is this word similar to another word we know? What is the context? Of course when critical thinking fails a dictionary is a very useful tool. Ultimately, those that cognitively process the information achieve and retain a far greater understanding of the language. I believe this pattern holds true for most academic disciplines.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #9

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Originally Posted by tjadams View Post
Teaching styles and methods vary so greatly.
There are a lot of great formulas but sadly, they don't automatically
fit like a glove. Each year the ingredients of types of students sitting in front
of you changes. It's very much in flux.
With a wide variation of teaching methods and styles comes a wide variation of learning methods and learning styles. Blooms Taxoamony talks about meeting students needs. If open book method is what the class needs as a whole then it's an appropriate fit. But Howard Gardner talks about multiple intelligence and they ways people can grow in knowledge. He also points out that not all students are then same.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 09:11 AM   #10

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I agree Liberty.
A few years ago I took a summer course with Dr. Mel Levine in "Schools Attuned" and it
taught about working with the individual student. But, sadly, I see it more designed for private
schools than public. Public schools just do not have the time or class size to implement a
good teacher-student ratio.
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