Thursday, September 23, 2010
As a school that’s trying to give students all the tools they need to work, learn, and adapt in a constantly changing world, we’ve spent money on computers, software, electronic books, and wireless access. We use Moodle open-source class management software so that students can access their assignments and resources from their homes, dorm rooms, or from anywhere in the world that they have Internet access.
The pencil was a marvel of technology when a huge graphite mine was discovered in the 1500s. The technology improved over the years, just as computer technology has become more portable and cheaply produced.
The pencil is still a wonderful marvel of technology, useful for many student tasks. To support our students, we purchased electric pencil sharpeners which have slowly broken. We’ve replaced that unreliable technology with the hand-crank pencil sharpeners that have been in use since at least the 1950s. Sometimes, the older technologies are the best.