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The Intangibles

The Intangibles
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Author(s): Robert Downs (Technology Integration Specialist, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 2
Source title: Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia L. Rogers (Bemidji State University, USA), Gary A. Berg (California State University Channel Islands (Retired), USA), Judith V. Boettcher (Designing for Learning, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA), Lorraine Justice (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch175

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Abstract

In Nowhere in Technology: All Children Left Behind, Thomas Wilson dissects the nature of a typical educator by saying, “Educators have always selected their profession for reasons other than compensation, radical change and notoriety…anxious to ‘make a difference’ with individual students. While these are qualities we cherish in teachers, they are not the stuff of which challenge and change are made.” Undoubtedly, these character traits are a significant barrier to effective infusion of technology, but I urge that it be a barrier we must find a way to work around. It is these intangible qualities that separate good teachers from great teachers. I have seen how important these “intangibles” are, and it is the reason, regardless of my financial situation, that my children will always go to public schools. These teachers have a passion for teaching and learning, they do the hard work, and they achieve greatness!

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