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Five Questions ... for Ben Sawyer

By Lisa Gualtieri / July 2009

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  • Tue, 22 Sep 2009
    Post by Ben

    Comments taken to heart - we're in the midst of these changes. We know it's a problem - but we've had to deal with other issues first including securing the listserver.

  • Tue, 22 Sep 2009
    Post by bernice peters

    His web site hasn't worked properly in months so you can get on the listserv ( ) --try it and GOOD LUCK! And neither has the phone listed worked properly (1-888-286-3541) listed at the bottom of the page. numerous people have brought this to his attention but it never gets fixed. he doesn't answer most emails and is too cheap to hire a secretary to take care of this kind of stuff for him and his organization. he's a disgrace to the industry!

  • Wed, 24 Oct 2007
    Post by Bruce Lanctot

    The problem seems to be that the bureaucracy is embedded with leaders and managers of the Stone Age mentality. It wonÂ’t be till the digital natives take charge that the status quo will change...

  • Sat, 20 Oct 2007
    Post by marcia simone

    Lisa your article is very interesting in my opinion, I''m writing an article related to this topic. The theme of my article is the use of technology in the process of teaching english as a second language, because I''m a english teacher here in Brazil, and I work with professional education, english courses destined to this field.Althoug schools are not prepared to supply this,as a teacher we have to know how to deal with and also work with all this technology that is taking most part of our student''s life.

  • Tue, 16 Oct 2007
    Post by Marc Goudreau

    In general terms Lisa, I feel most k-12 schools lack the capacity to deploy technology effectively because the focus of many administrators is still on the "technology acquisition" side with little effort spent on teacher training. This is absolutely critical if students are to benefit from Web II and related web-centric tools that allow for far better instructional design and deplaoyement for learners than what was possible 10 or 20 years ago. Obviously, The organizational structure and pathology of planners and leaders in K-12 schools has changed little from the "traditional schooling model" of the early industrial age. Prensky is quite right in his assessment of out students (digital natives" today... they were born and raised in the information age and can barely comprehend the logic of the a learning model based on "teacher knows best". Schools need to put the technology acquisition issue aside and focus on providing teachers the opportunity to retool as mediators to learning with technology, not classroom sages and directors of prepackaged curriculum...