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Re: [K12OSN] OT: Apple Imac lab



Probably for the same reason that they teach kids to rely on a calculator in math classes.

We were not allowed to have them in any of our math classes. . .
Well, about all they'd do was add, subtract  multiply and divide, and maybe a memory function anyway. . .

This does not mean that a calculator makes it easier, but they need to learn *how* to *do* the problem first, then learn to use the calculator to do it faster and more accurately.

JMHO - YMMV

Doug

Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
De Queen Public Schools
De Queen, AR
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>>> Ryan Collins <mr rcollins gmail com> 3/2/2009 9:09 AM >>>
Rob Owens wrote:
> Rhetorical question:  why is the English Dept. teaching their students to rely on a grammar checker?

That was my question. I've showed them that the research shows that 
grammar checking isn't reliable and that it has a negative effect on 
their teaching, but to no avail.

They've been spoiled since the Mac version of Office has a decent 
grammar checker (35% accuracy) versus the Windows version of Office (0%, 
although Word 97 did do better at 24%):
http://ryancollins.org/u/1s 

BTW, here are my links about the subject:
http://delicious.com/mr.rcollins/grammar+english 

-- 
Ryan Collins - Technology Coordinator - Kenton City Schools

Blog: http://ryancollins.org/wp/



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