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Honorable Technology

By: Sylvia Tomasch, Joseph Ugoretz
Publication: Inside Higher Ed
Date: June 28, 2010

Summary: In this article from Inside Higher Ed, the authors discuss how they work with students from the moment they are handed their laptops to train them and to challenge them to understand the responsibility that comes with publishing online.

 

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Our core belief is that, like scholars and explorers throughout history, students should make use of the latest, most innovative, productive tools of their age and understand that tools by themselves are not value-free. Although a student's laptop is not a tool on the order of magnitude of an atomic bomb, the principle is the same: With power, greater or lesser, comes responsibility. So we work with students from the moment they are handed their laptops to train them and to challenge them to understand the power they hold.

Tomasch, Sylvia; Ugoretz Joseph. 2010. "Honorable Technology" Inside Higher Ed, June 28.  Available at http://www.insidehighered.com.

About the Authors Sylvia Tomasch is associate university dean of academic affairs and Joseph Ugoretz is director of technology and learning at Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York.

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