How is knowledge useful? This question can be quite inspiring to both students and lifelong learners. An expert in the memorization of solitary facts will help to win Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy, but learning to integrate facts for practical use is one of the keys to ultimate retention. Practical, professional, and academic knowledge are equally important for today's students and educators, so let's explore the use of knowledge!

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**by** Todd Oppenheimer

There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs -- music, art, physical education -- that enrich children's lives to make room for this dubious nostrum, and the Clinton Administration has embraced the goal of "computers in every classroom" with credulous and costly enthusiasm
Read The Article Here

Opinion - It's HOW you use the computer that counts! Enhance and enrich instruction - do not replace it!

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The Educational Technology Journal

Vol 4 . . . No 9 . . . May, 1994
From Technology Refusal to Technology Acceptance:
A Reprise

by Jamie McKenzie

Practical knowledge and occupational competence

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by Felix Rauner

Institut Technik und Bildung (Institute of Technology and Education), University of Bremen

Practical Intelligence Lends A Hand
By Dr. Rajendra Persaud
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From The Website:
"What do students need to know in order to succeed in school? The Practical Intelligence for School (PIFS) Project explored this question with the assumption that success depends on more than traditional academic intelligence.In order to gain academic knowledge--about historical events, character development in stories, multiplication and division--students need practical knowledge about themselves, teacher expectations, and the school system at large. They need to learn how to learn."
Project Zero's Practical Intelligence For School was supported by The James S. McDonnell Foundation

Principal Investigators:
Howard Gardner (Harvard University)
Robert Sternberg (Yale University)
Project Managers:
Tina Blythe (Harvard University)
Wendy Williams (Yale University)

Useful Definitions

  • the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
  • Intelligence is an umbrella term describing a property of the mind comprehending related abilities, such as the capacities for abstract thought, reasoning, planning and problem solving, the use of language, and to learn.
  • Intelligence (abbreviated int. or intel.) refers to discrete or secret information with currency and relevance, and the abstraction, evaluation, and understanding of such information for its accuracy and value. ...
  • Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice; the ability to learn and comprehend; An entity that has such capacities; Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities; A political or ...
  • Intelligences - The theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983 to more accurately define the concept of intelligence and to address the question whether methods which claim to measure intelligence (or aspects thereof) are truly scientific.
  • an underlying ability which enables an individual to adapt to and function effectively within a given environment.

  • cognition: the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  • Knowledge is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as (i) expertise, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject; (ii) what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information; or (iii) awareness or ...
  • Knowledge can refer to
  • Acknowledgement. [14th-16th c.]; The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc. [from 14th c.]; Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something. [from 14th c. ...
  • Is built up from interaction with the world, and is organised and stored in each individual's mind. It is also stored on an organisational level within the minds of employees and in paper and electronic records. ...
  • Theoretical and/or practical understanding of matters worth knowing; the sum of what is known.
  • Knowledge of a circumstance (the term may be a variant, such as "know," "reason to know," or "reason to believe") includes not only positive knowledge that the circumstance exists or is substantially certain to occur, but also an awareness of a high probability of its existence or future ...

tacit knowledge

  • agreement: the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
  • sympathy: an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"
  • reason: the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
  • characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy; "an understanding friend"
  • Understanding (also called intellection) is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object.
  • Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature; Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer; Opinion, judgement or outlook; An informal contract, mutual agreement; A ...
  • the cognitive condition of someone who understands. It is is the possession of knowledge coupled with the capability of reasoning and making judgments relating to the applicability of the knowledge.
  • a degree of comprehension which has attained value to society. analog: morality, responsibility.