Schools Need to Teach More Technology and Even More Importantly, Why I Hate Spelling.

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Spelling Bee.I am here to push the nation’s schools forward with their use of technology. Sure it sounds like a big job, but society is in luck as I have 20 minutes to waste.

Yes, you read correctly, I am going to change the educational world in 20 minutes because I am bored (if it is any consulation, I am seeing a therapist…or 7).

It is possible that I am simply trying to fill up space on the Blog. Or I could be a raving lunatic administrator with anger issues. You can be the judge (my wife has already voiced her opinion… she said lunatic, with a little bit of sad and pathetic mixed in).

The question at hand (until I think of a better one on which to hyperfocus): Should schools spend more time teaching technology? And if so, what subject area should be dropped from the curriculum to make room for more time in the computer lab?

After mulling these two questions over for literally 19 seconds (I have a snazzy running watch with a timer) and poring over exactly no scientific evidence, I have come to the following conclusions.

I vote yes to more technology and vote to drop spelling like a bad habit (much like Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s wife is going to drop him once a huge settlement is reached).

You have probably noticed that my conclusions to complex problems are extremely well thought out. Or not. It is my Blog, so I feel comfortable drawing any conclusion I want with no regard to using an actual process (or facts… or common sense).

Why have I concluded schools need to teach more technology and less spelling? It is quite simple, really. Because technology is cool and I hate spelling.

You must admit, you don’t get this type of insight by taking college courses or by reading some of the fancy educational blogs.

In the last few years it has become apparent to me that some schools do not see the need to focus classroom time on technology.

I hate to break the news to everyone, but I am pretty sure technology isn’t a fad. I don’t think it is going to disappear in 3 years as educators move on to the next magic pill.

In my mind (however cloudy) it is more important than a pencil and a piece of paper.

It will not be a small part of our student’s lives; it will be their lives.

How do I know? Because everything we do in life is now based on technology.

Just a few examples are a trip to the ATM; banking on line; taking a trip by airplane; working on a car engine; renewing your drivers license; and using the internet as our #1 source for information.

All technology; all the time. How the world has changed in the last 10 years.

This doesn’t even take into account how blogs, podcasts, streaming videos, and text messaging are becoming part of our everyday lives.

Schools have to devote more time to technology. And it needs to be integrated into every subject area, preferably on a daily basis.

How can we do that without changing how we presently teach? We can’t. That is the point.

I say drop spelling. Do we need it? After all, technology provides us with spell check.

You have to admit, the English Language is a mess.

Plus spelling got on my bad side when my elementary teachers couldn’t explain the following:

-Why knife had to start with a k

-The word “One thousand” contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A (Google it)

-Or the most confusing sentence of my youth… They were too close to the door to close it.

It really is exhausting being me.

Spelling is an exercise in confusion. I say get rid of it.

Or, better yet we can teach students to spell by using technology (here is a free plug for SpellingCity.com).

I think I made my point and helped society, all in less than 20 minutes (without spell check, this Blog would have taken much longer, although it wouldn’t have made any more sense).

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4 Responses to “Schools Need to Teach More Technology and Even More Importantly, Why I Hate Spelling.”


  1. Emma
    on Mar 28th, 2008
    @ 2:12 am

    hrm. I disagree that schools need to teach more technology. Teach ‘with’ technology definitely, or even better – enable learning with and through technology, but not ‘teach’ technology. Subtle difference but so important. And when teaching with technology, you don’t need to dump any other subject areas. The technology supports/enhances/enables/transforms the curriculum, so it’s not about finding more time, it’s about doing things in new ways.


  2. Ben
    on Mar 28th, 2008
    @ 5:43 pm

    hear! hear! Emma

    or is it here here, or heir heir, or hier hier… damn spelling!

    :-)


  3. Mike Parent
    on Mar 30th, 2008
    @ 5:56 pm

    my god… so simply put that i think i’ll remove 80% of the education technology blogs in my reader.


  4. Rick
    on Aug 5th, 2008
    @ 8:59 am

    Technology must be taught before it can be used.

    While it would be ideal to teach via technology – you are faced with limitations of it’s use. Have you looked at job requirements lately? The requirements are not specifying the need for someone that is proficient in “Pencil and Paper” or “must be able to spell hard words” No no no – they are looking for someone with experience in one ore more technologies. “Spelling” – it is important to know how to spell but the word processors today do that for you. Why do you think fast typists are now hitting upwards of a 120 wpm? Without error? “Technology” that’s why.

    Would you want your child to emerge from school not knowing how? or not being able to obtain a job because?

    Probably not!

    The technology needs to be taught first – then use it to teach.

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