From the mailbag

I received this email from one of our language textbook reps today.

Technology can revolutionize your classroom in the following ways:
* Students can participate in the classroom.
* Student performance and outcomes improve.
* You can easily assess your students’ understanding of a concept in the classroom.
* You can assess what your students already know before they enter your classroom.
* An automatic tool for grading that can be easily delivered into your grade book.

We offer XXXXXX a personalized online diagnostic and tutorial tool and XXXXXXXXXX- a student response system using PowerPoint and clickers.

Powerpoint and clickers? Are you serious? Aaaaargh! Does anyone else sense a disconnect here?

Barbara has been working for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for about 15 years. In addition to teaching Spanish she runs a somewhat unconventional language center. Prior to this adventure in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and watch the Red Sox. Preferably not all at once, although that could be interesting. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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