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joe stafura said in December 15th, 2008 at 6:58 am

The author is correct in his assessment that a fast Internet connection is a critical requirement to use the new generation of computer based learning tools. Too many schools miss the opportunity to integrate the Internet into their students lives effectively, the reason being that they view the addition of high speed connectivity in the schools as something extra to what they already provide and want more money.

The correct approach would be to see what isn’t as valuable, or even needed in a school after making the Internet available to each student. First would be some textbooks, history, geography, government, science, even math all have robust and diverse information available saving hundreds of millions a year.

In many classes there would be less for a teacher to do once they stop standing in front of the room and giving a monologue’s that three favorite students listen to and move to an advisor role to help student learn to find information as we do in the working world. Reducing teachers by 20% at the high school level would free considerable funds now and in the future for investment in the education system of tomorrow.

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Alisa K said in December 30th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Great post! A national committment to fund such high-speed networks is important. Perhaps if we could effectively harness corporate committments to assist in funding high-speed networks for schools as well, this goal would not seem so far away.