Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Educators: Technology doesn’t replace teachers

School District holds two-day Techtoberfest

Express Staff Writer

A two-day technology fair last week showed teachers in the Blaine County School District and elsewhere new tools that they can bring to their classrooms, and had an overall message that technology can’t replace teachers.

“These will not replace you folks, not ever, not ever,” said district Superintendent Lonnie Barber at Friday’ opening session of Techtoberfest. “But here’s what they’ll do for you—they’ll give you a good tool. Hopefully, you’ll go to a session that piques your interest in something and you’ll go out and bring it to the classroom.”

Some 300 teachers, 30 from outside of the School District, attended Techtoberfest on Thursday and Friday in Hailey at the Community Campus and nearby Wood River High School. About 80 sessions were held throughout the event, showing teachers some of the latest technologies and gadgets that they can use for teaching.

Sessions included presentations on use of iPads and iPods, online lessons, apps for learning, electronic blackboards, digital moviemaking, maximizing Windows 7 and Excel programs, using Google search engines, Twitter, Facebook, Advanced Word, digital photography and Photoshop, You Tube education and district policy on networking.

Keynote speakers were Ray Golarz, author of “The Problem Isn’t Teachers,” and Joe Morelock, director of technology for the Canby School District in Canby, Ore.

At Friday’s opening session, Morelock said children today grow up in a world where “images are instant,” where social networking is the norm and where use of technology is introduced to them at a very early age.

“For them, cameras have always shown the image,” Morelock said. “The most popular camera today is the iPhone.

“They’re used to social networking—whether you like it or not is irrelevant.”

Morelock said teachers need to accept and make use of the fact that to youngsters today, technology is second nature. Nonetheless, he concluded his remarks by telling the teachers: “Technology does not replace you.”

Terry Smith:

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.