Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

It's funny that you should write about this - Hubs was just showing me yesterday how his newest version of Word will put his references in any format he wants and there's a template to enter any of the information. I sounded like such an old lady as I went on my rant about the HOURS I spend in college laying out my works cited. The index cards, the pencil scribbles, the APA and MLA books that I used to write in different formats. I used index cards for my quotes! Our professors always said, say what you want to say first, then back it up with research. I got lazy towards the end, doing it just the opposite. Just writing the paper to get the grade, but I'm grateful for the experiences. The painstaking research I completed for my social work classes. The different types of media I used to get the information.

I still take my students to our library (now it's the Info Center) to get BOOKS on their research topics. I have them use encyclopedias and dictionaries. Just to help them see how useful these references can be. Call me old fashioned, but I still think it's important!

Great post! And thanks for the internet safety ideas. B is not quite that adept yet, but she's getting into playing games on the internet and just has us get her to the site. I know some day soon she'll start following links and we'll have to discuss safety with her.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I take my students to the library, and they are always so reluctant and confused when it comes to taking an actual book off the shelf and writing something down! You're right--we need to keep plugging away at the old skills, so kids can take these skills into the new technology out there and become even more successful.

Oh yes, wait until B. starts tracking down links on her own!


mouse's picture mouse

I have to admit that I'm quite happy to discover when journal articles I need are available online now. I find it interesting, however, to compare my preferences with a friend in my program who is about 8 years younger. I prefer articles in pdf, where I have look at the article page-by-page; my friend likes html articles and clicking on hyperlinks to get footnotes.

I think it's inevitable that certain processes and old technologies (e.g., books) remain, even if they become less used. Scooter enjoys using the computer, but he still wants his story from a physical book each night.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I love the online world (obviously!), but I do think it's had a substantial impact on how young people learn. I think as long as we work on preserving older and critical ways of learning material and then combining them with the new, we'll be okay.


Surabhi M.'s picture Surabhi M.

Yes, I completely agree with you Aliki. I think keeping kids away from the online world is in a way depriving them and slowing them down. With right checks (as you mentioned you do with your son), kids can reap the benefits of technology and yet be in control of their parents- it's like a win-win situation. More and more colleges and universities are offering online courses and it's becoming increasingly important to make sure that our kids are tech savvy and on par with other kids their age.

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Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for commenting--there's no point in fighting the advances in technology and with the right approach, as you mention, kids can definitely profit from it.