This story from the Des Moines Register has some great ideas on ways to use digital recording as a way to enhance student learning.
I am always surprised by how many people I run into who think that using anything other than good old fashioned pencil and paper is somehow “cheating.” If kids aren’t achieving well with paper and pencil, but can succeed with computers, keyboards, digital recorders, or other tools, we ought to give them every opportunity to use these tools.
While most school tests are still paper and pencil, this isn’t a very real world way to measure achievement. In the business world, people are much more frequently called upon to communicate through computer-generated reports, PowerPoints, and oral presentations. We should be doing more to help kids be successful with these types of tools or other tools that match their own styles.