Educational Technology

October 30, 2010

Time to Kill the Lab?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Assorted Stuff

Over the past few months as I’ve been working with some of our school-based trainers, I’ve also been thinking a lot about the idea of computers labs. Not so much the arrangement of the room but whether they are an impediment to the process of technology integration and need to disappear. When I watch what goes on in the computers labs at most schools, regardless of the level, it’s rather depressing. Rote lessons in which students are all doing the same activity (“open the map of Virginia and draw the four regions of the state”), as a reward for kids getting their real work done, to take tests (lots and lots of tests), or just to make sure we get our technology requirement checked off.

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