Does anyone think its necessary to teach technology skills in elementary schools, especially powerpoint?Does anyone think its necessary to teach technology skills in elementary schools, especially...

Does anyone think its necessary to teach technology skills in elementary schools, especially powerpoint?

Does anyone think its necessary to teach technology skills in elementary schools, especially powerpoint?

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dmcgillem | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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I am a believer that kids do need technology instruction, even in elementary school.  Yes, today's kids, in large part, know how to post a video or picture to Facebook and download music and apps, but they don't know how to format a Word document - even when it comes to something as simple as how to double space, and even though they all know what Google is, they don't know how to evaluate a source for reliability.  Integrating technology instruction doesn't have to mean lower-level instruction.  Rather than the Powerpoint presentations that are just a regurgitation of facts, REQUIRE them to analyze and synthesize information and then incorporate that into the presentation software.  Technology is a tool that is becoming more and more prevalent for all students, not just the college-bound, and to ignore that is to stick our heads in the sand and do a disservice to our students.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Call me old-fashioned but I don't think it is necessary.  Another discussion thread is all about the current loss of grammatical skills, and several posters cited technology and the holistic approach to learning as a culprit.

I have taught in a public school, with all modes of technology available.  But I have also taught in a wilderness setting with NO MODES of technology available, and in a private school with very minimal modes of technology available in the classroom.  The fact is, the basics, can be done without technology, and in my opinion, are better without.

If computer class is replacing music in an elementary school, no thank you.  There is plenty of time for kids to catch up to the age of technology.  I still believe there are huge portions of the brain that need to develop without it.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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My godkids are learning PowerPoint and know it far better than I do (which is not a very high standard of achievement, admittedly).  I'm sure it will be helpful to them as they get older. "Kids today" are far more comfortable than technology than I am; they seem to master it very easily and quickly. I see no reason for them not to learn it, unless it distracts them from more important areas of learning.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I used PowerPoint extensively in college, but I had to teach myself how to use the program. I would have benefited from a high school class covering the basics, and of course watching a teacher use it would teach by example. I think it's a perfectly reasonable tool to use, especially during lectures, and it's a very powerful tool when you understand all the various features.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Yes, they need to begin acquiring technology skills as soon as they begin acquiring any other basic skills that they will be applying on a daily basis throughout their lives. It's unrealistic to think that today's elementary students won't be using computers and electronic devices extensively, so it's important that they be taught how to do so. Assuming that young students are getting opportunities and training at home is unrealistic - too many homes do not offer access to technology, and too many students don't receive instruction in how to apply the technology appropriately for educational purposes.

Power Point can support the development and application of critical skills including organization of information, classification of ideas, providing support for a position, comparing and contrasting situations or conclusions, and much more. The key is in teaching the students how to use the technology for the intended purpose. Certainly, Power Point can be used for superficial products that have minimal value, but that doesn't mean it's not useful for anything but that type of outcome.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Absolutely. Our kids are growing up in a technology rich society. They need to be aware of different technological formats, and school is one place they can be assured of having available technology sources. These options should be taught, however, along with the traditional pencil, paper, and paste strategies. Technology is certain to change in the future, so it might be advisable to have the good old standbys in place.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Yes, it is necessary.  Kids do not all get this training at home because not all families have computers, and not all parents have computer skills.  We tend to assume that the internet and computers are universal in American homes, but the numbers are actually much lower than we think.  Teach them skills in schools because schools are universal: everyone goes to them at one time or another.  That's the only practical way to educate a population with skills you know they will need.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I think teaching how to create a PowerPoint presentation would be a valuable skill in school. Students may learn enough about computing and saving documents at home, but putting it all together to create an interesting and logical presentation is something different. Have some organized exposure to the content also ensure that even the students who don't have the help and guidance from home would be able to do that kind of presentation if it were ever expected at school. They are never too young to be at least exposed to all of the things a computer can do.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For the most part, I do not think it is necessary because they get the training they need at home.  All kids should be able to use computers to some degree.  They need to grow up familiar with how to use a mouse and with how computers work in general.  We have all heard jokes about how adults my age and up don't understand technology because we really didn't grow up with it.  Younger students today need to grow up with it so they won't be behind.  But the vast majority will learn these kinds of skills at home.

Once kids get up to 5th grade or so, it starts to become more necessary.  They need to start learning how to type and how to create presentations.  They have, hopefully, mastered the basics of finding information and thinking about it and now they need to start learning modern ways of presenting it to others.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There will be a number of opinions out there. In my view, technology should be limited in elementary school. Most places in the United States get enough exposure to technology at home and even if they do not, they will get exposure in high school. In addition, technology is something that can be picked up rather quickly. Students will have plenty of time later. Limited exposure is what I advocate.

What is much harder to develop is good critical and analytical skills. Teachers should train students in this area and use this as a measure of success and growth. In addition, at this point students should be learning to hone their skills in reading and mathematics. If they grow in these areas, then they can even teach themselves things like powerpoint.

In my honest opinion, too many students look good but lack content. Powerpoint and the like will help mask defiencies.

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keshavmwd14 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Actually nowadays everything is based on technology. NO TECHNOLOGY NO WORK. Minimum 85% of the work is being done through computers.

Speaking of powerpoint.

If you go for a job you will have present a powerpoint presentation almost everyday therefore you have to learn it or if you already have learned it , learn how to make your presentation more innovative. If the presentation is not innovative the boss won't be bothering about you so much making your promotion even difficult.

SO THAT IS IN YOUR HANDS

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jacobsalvatoreblack | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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There is a yes and a no to that question, I l myself lean more towards no. In my point of view, children should be working hard to further writing and reading skills through practise, lots and lots of it. Technology applications such as PowerPoint, along-side many others reinforce skills that may not be in use if the technology itself isn’t available at the time of need. Technology programs simply mimic the physical without requiring the same amount of attention to details, and natural taught skill. These programs have word applications which correct spelling and grammar, and set up projects and assignments on their own, without the need of a person to actually have any thought on the matter. Children simply fill in information and allow the techno-dictionary applications to do any and all corrections for them.

Writing is a skill which needs to be taught at a young age and carried on through to adulthood. With too much time using technology, it will become more and more of a challenge to teach proper wording, grammar, and printing clarity.

Although technology applications as such can be useful, I do not believe that children should have the opportunity to focus their lives around such things. Hands on learning is the most important way to teach students or anyone for that matter. Technology can be introduced later, after proper development and learning has occurred.

 

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