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Debate: Should students rely on technology for their homework?

Today, students use ipods, ipads, phones, laptops, and different tablets to use the internet to help them with their homework. Don't know a word? Google it. Don't know the answer to this math problem? Use a calculator. And so on. Does this make sense?

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  • Oct 31 2012: As an American teacher of science, I find that the challenge is students don't engage in schoolwork the same way they engage in everyday life. I really want them to marry the idea that what I am teaching them is not information to be stored in a box, but to integrate into their lives AT THAT MOMENT. So I go about finding ways (technology included) to get them to do that. So I agree with Yuddandi that students shouldn't have too much technology that could water down the learning process (by finding instant answers), AND I also agree with others that say we should teach them to use technology to solve a vast array of problems. The MOST important factor, comes from within the student: intrinsic motivation. In 4 years of teaching and 23 years of parenting, I find kids learn best when their misconceptions are interrupted and teachers create disequilibrium.

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