from regular class time. This use of technology can be implemented with cheap computers and modems -- though of course it is better if students can create and send pictures, animation, spreadsheets, and the like.
The urge to get that latest, best technology is understandable, and even commendable. Students need to be prepared for the technology they will meet in the outside world. Unfortunately, we often feel we need "X" technology because it is new and sexy. To avoid this urge, I suggest we establish firm non-technical goals for what we want to do with this neat technology. Once we've determined those non-technical goals, we should insist that they are implemented and we should check up on them regularly. If we do this faithfully, the technology will help us teach rather than frustrate or frighten us.
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