By Richard Bammer
The Greek philosopher Socrates, who lived 2,500 years ago, feared the impact writing would have on humans’ ability to think. Gutenberg’s 1436 invention of moveable wooden or metal letters, the printing press, aroused similar anxieties. Technological advances, such as robots using artificial intelligence in our own time, always seem to create unease, if not dread, in some.
But at Vacaville’s Fairmont Elementary School, fear and the latest technology are, apparently, never used in the same sentence, as educators at the Marshall Road campus embrace educational software called Google Docs and a learning platform called Google Classroom.