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Technology in Classrooms, Texas Gunslingers, & Passing Time in Traffic: Houston Matters for Tues., Dec. 3, 2013

Technology in Classrooms, Texas Gunslingers, & Passing Time in Traffic: Houston Matters for Tues., Dec. 3, 2013

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Many Houston schools embrace the use of technology in the classroom. Earlier this year, for example, Spring Branch Independent School District announced it was earmarking nearly $40 million for technology in its schools. Officials said tablets and iPads would be some of the devices more widely available in classrooms and libraries.

But while many Houston classrooms embrace technology, others shut it out.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with a history teacher at an HISD high school about why she encourages her students to use technology – and even to text – in her class. We’ll also talk with a teacher and co-founding member of a local school that not only discourages technology in the classroom, but at home as well.

Also: A conversation with Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal about gunfighters of the Wild West. We learn how another Houstonian passes time in traffic. And we learn about a Houston area play entitled “The Jew Who Loves Christmas.”

Segments:

  • Teacher Says It’s OK to Text in Class: Discussing Technology in Houston Classrooms

    Many Houston schools embrace the use of technology in the classroom. Earlier this year, for example, Spring Branch Independent School District announced it was earmarking nearly $40 million for technology in its schools. Officials said tablets and iPads would be some of the devices more widely available in classrooms and libraries. But while many Houston classrooms embrace technology, others shut

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  • Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters: Conversation with State Historian Bill O’Neal

    We talk with Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal about gunfighters of the Wild West. O’Neal has published over 40 books, including his Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters. Almost half of his works are about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine. For more than 20 years Bill conducted the state’s first Traveling Texas History class, a three-hour credit

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  • Passing Time in Traffic: Savoring Your Down Time

    If you don’t have a very long commute to and from work, consider yourself lucky. But, if you’re like the rest of us, sitting in traffic to get from Point A to Point B, we hear you. We understand it can get frustrating and even downright maddening sometimes to get stuck in traffic, waiting…and waiting…and waiting to get to your

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  • The Jew Who Loves Christmas: Artist Tells Why She Prefers Santa to Menorahs

    Artist and performer Abby Koenig is Jewish. But living in Texas, where there are fewer Jews than her native New York, Christmas is often more in her face — but she likes it that way. In her new one-woman show and exhibit, The Jew Who Loves Christmas, Koenig dives into why she thinks Hannukah is illogical and why Christmas makes more sense.

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Craig Cohen

Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 10 p.m. on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager, to talk show host, reporter, news director, and producer. He's interviewed politicians, industry leaders, authors, newsmakers, and the occasional Muppet. Craig seeks to make the world a slightly better place every day, by informing, enlightening, and entertaining.View all posts by Craig Cohen →