Technology in and out of the Classroom

Technology in and out of the classroom... Good or not so good?

As I work with students in schools and in my tutoring office, I find that (not surprisingly) they are relying more and more on online resources.  In fact, some of the students I work with do not have hard copy text books... only online virtual versions.  It has become very common for students to check homework on wikispaces or other school or teacher generated web pages.  

I find this trend to be a mixed blessing.  Clearly the avaialability of the internet makes the spread of information much easier.  From a 'green' standpoint.. it's 'better' for a teacher to post a .pdf of a 15 page article online rather then print out 60 copies of it.... also most of these resources allow for multimedia.  the online text books are videos and links to websites with great detail that printed matter just can't do... further most students do their work online.  homework sites like moodle and blackboard and webassign (ask if you don't know what they are)... are becoming more and more common.  Pretty much everyone starts research on google or widipedia type pages... 


is something all lost in the process?  Organization skills?  Traditional ways to learn and study?   Handwriting?  Basic research... Is there something list in not writing things down? And what about those who may not have access to all this cutting edge technology?  

What do you think?

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