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Subject:  RE: Thoughts on use of tools 
Author:  Bethany Hudnutt 
Date:  May 10 2004 
I think that both the understanding of concepts and the knowledge of basic facts
are important  one without the other is meaningless. If I don't have my
multiplication tables memorized then what good does it do me to understand the
concept of multiplication? If I don't memorize vocabulary words how can I
communicate effectively?
I have always said I went into mathematics becasue there is very little I have
to memorize (most of it can be derived including multiplication) but if I always
need to go back and construct my multiplication that becomes a HUGE hinderance
when computing / estimating more complex problems.
So I think either use for technology based tools is appropriate. However, I
think in the past when technology enhanced learning first began, many people,
including the software creators missed seeing the wonderous world of using
computers for modeling/visualizatn/exploration and got stuck on drill. So now
its our job to help educators understand the wealth of other types of
opportunities out there for technology based tools.
Bethany
 
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