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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.



Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
De Queen Public Schools
De Queen, AR
simpsond leopards k12 ar us
"A Dollar Saved is a Dollar Earned"

>>> 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%):

BTW, here are my links about the subject:

Ryan Collins - Technology Coordinator - Kenton City Schools

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

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