Just Right: Rethinking the How and Why of Technology Instruction (10 Mar 2005)
First, too much time is spent on technology instruction for teachers (and students) in software that is fairly technically straightforward and conceptually simple-software such as Word, PowerPoint, Inspiration, Publisher, and various other "show and tell" applications. Second, and consequently, too little time is given to applications that are conceptually difficult (and are therefore scarce in most K-12 settings), such as spreadsheets, databases, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and statistical analysis software, to name a few. Finally, technology professional development still focuses on skills training, which does little to help teachers make the important connection of the software to his/her classroom curriculum.
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