+ 0 Votes Technology is not a fundamental Tony Hopkinson 7 years ago That's the sort of stupid cop out that gives people a general science course. Baisc arithmetic , followed by early maths is a fundemantal, because those tools will be required which ever branch of mathematics you choose to branch into and mathematics is a widely applicable tool in everyday life. The fundmamentals of mathematics are very narrow, and apply to a very small domain of objects, numbers basically. Technology, however has an enormous scope, from the basics of electronics, to logic, to methods and it's impact on society. On top of that you'll never be able to learn it without the three R's. + 0 Votes The post title got me started NickNielsen Moderator 7 years ago then the body of the post calmed me down a little. Students should not be allowed to use any more advanced technology than pencil and paper until they can demonstrate a firm grasp of the fundamentals. The only exception I would allow would be audio-visual reinforcement (i.e. Reader/Math Rabbit-type software) during the learning process. + 0 Votes The application of technology, yes NickNielsen Moderator 7 years ago Students should be taught how to apply the technology that is available to them and their society in the context of their work. But to teach "technology" is not feasible except as a broad overview (i.e. a "History of Invention" course). + 0 Votes I think it is to a certain extent DanLM Updated - 7 years ago My girl friend works as a Teacher in Cleveland which is considered one of the poorest area's of the nation. They basically slam the educational system in this area. Not enough money, terrible test scores, .... She teaches currently the 8th grade, and she definitely suggests to her students that they use the Internet as research into various subjects that she may be covering. Geography, Science, ... Also, there are computer labs in her school(even though they might be small) to teach the fundamentals to the children. Also, when I went to school. We use to have to learn typing as a requirement. Now, basic computer skills(I think) are the substitute for that. And, be a Bill Gates blaster that we all our. Laura told me that her school qualified for one of the grants that Bill and his wife offer based on their showing of regular academic improvements over multiple years within her specific school. I can't picture that money not being used for technology in some for or another. So, the importance of computers/technology is being addressed in the school system in a more aggressive manner. The basic pitfall is the money. Poorer school districts just can't afford to spend the same amount on technical hardware, networking, educational materials and still cover the primary 3 r's. edited because I just read the previous two responses. With what I said, how in depth do you consider it should be addressed? To what extent? Basic computer skills? In reference to current events, how technology helps shape the world we live in? Dan + 0 Votes What are the three "R's"? ? NZ_Justice 7 years ago ? + 0 Votes It is fundamental, taught as a subject and integrated into the curriculum kevin.odonnell 7 years ago I am Technology Education teacher in a Kindergarten through 8th grade school. We begin teaching how to use thecomputer basics in the ealry grades, word processing and presentation programs in 2nd and up, we start them on the Internet in 1st grade and gradually teach them more skills as they progress, we teach multimedia, web page design, video & audio etc. in the upper grades. All of these skills help them with their regular classwork. When their is a lesson the teacher is working on in their classroom we try and help them from the technology side + 0 Votes Yes yobtaf 7 years ago Yes + 0 Votes No! Alan Henderson 7 years ago The schools are not managing to teach the 3Rs successfully. In large part because the kids no longer read at home and never do mental arithmetic. This makes it more difficult for basic school learning to stick. Anything which takes time away from the basics should be viewed with suspicion. I'm 65, never had an IT lesson in my life. I teach IT, I'm a webmaster and a PC tech. My grandchildren - including those who "learned" PC use at school, are forever coming to me for help. The learning they get is superficial. It's all about giving the teachers shiny new laptops and techy stuff to play with. Stick to the baasics. + 0 Votes Definitely Not Ashby 7 years ago I agree with the majority here that basic skills are absolutely vital. Technology is a tool, not a skill like the 3 Rs. You might as well say we should spend time teaching the kids to use the sharp end of the pencil - oh, sorry, they don't know what a pencil is these days, do they, only keyboards count! As was well noted, teach the application of technology but not the technology itself. The kids can't do simple arithmetic any more because they are taught to use calculators. I'd rather see all the high tech junk eliminated from schools, along with all the "self expression" nonsense and pay the money saved to our dedicated teachers to actually teach. Teaching aids? A blackboard and a box of chalk! + 0 Votes Teaching ABOUT technology? jc@dshs 7 years ago What exactly do you mean by that? Cars are everywhere but we don't teach all of the kids how to take a car apart and in many of our schools in Aus we didn't even teach driving skills until fairly recently. I was a maths teacher and then moved across to being the network admin at my school. Certainly we expose our students to as much technology as we can given our very limited budget but it is best incorporated within the traditional lesson structure, not as a stand alone subject. We learn a skill best when we need to know it, not when it is presented out of context. Teach presentation software as part of an English class, spreadsheets as part of a maths lesson and so on but if the kids can't do the basic 3 R's first then the rest is pointless. + 0 Votes Why Not? taudrin04 7 years ago I am a CNS Student at ITT and the deeper i get in to school I foufd it more and more that technology is everywhere in everyones life. I do agree that it should be taught at all levels, maybe not the deep technical apsect of technology but maybe more of the base of technology and how to use the standard things in life like, Microsoft and all of its applications.