Interesting Thoughts and Stories
I am a big fan of WIRED Magazine, which is a pop culture technology magazine. Two articles in the April 2005 issue that I found were interesting focused on education and technology. One article talked of MIT, AMD, Google, and News Corp. working together to create a $100 Laptop that could be sold to schools. The thought of every student in every school in the United States having their own computer isn't as far off as we think.
Another inspiring article was about a group of students from Arizona who competed in a competition to build an underwater robot. Here is a group of High School students who competed in the highest level of the competition with an $800 budget, and beat MIT with their $11,000 budget! Not only was money limited, but reading about the creativity that students used as they ran into problems was very exciting. This is one great example of how students can engage in the higher level thinking skills. In this instance technology may have been central to their learning, but there are other ways of making technology simply the means.