From Now On
The Educational Technology Journal

 Vol 14|No 4|April|2005

When the Real Thing
Just Isn't Good Enough

By Jamie McKenzie

As our culture veers toward counterfeit knock-offs of reality, the importance of raising young ones to be media savvy and literate grows. Are they saturated, sated or simply entertained?

A Low Grade Synthesis

By Jamie McKenzie

The term "synthesis" is used with little precision by state curriculum documents and important documents such as the ASLA's "Information Power" so as to cover a multitude of sins. If students merely collect and smush facts and opinions, McKenzie claims that they are really engaged in trivial pursuits. Synthesis and research should require fresh thinking and the development of ideas rather than mere cut-and-paste thinking.

Scoring High
with Slam Dunks

By Karen Brooks and Debbie Boyer
Curriculum Coordinators
Canyon ISD
Canyon, Texas

The April Cartoon
Losing Weight


Credits: The photographs were shot by Jamie McKenzie.

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