Technology and teaching
Technology is always evolving. Consider these quotes:
|"Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when their slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!”
Teachers Conference, 1703
|"Students today depend upon paper too much. They don’t know how to write on slate without chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?”
Principal’s Association, 1815
|"Students today depend too much upon ink. They don’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.”
National Association of Teachers, 1907
These make us chuckle because we can see how slate then paper then pens didn’t ruin learning, but do we ever respond the same way when a new piece of technology is presented to us? When teaching, technology is never the point (using tech for tech’s sake), rather learning is the point and we must ask how the technology can help us, as instructors, help our students learn and we must be willing to expand our comfort zones and learn to make a friend out of technology for learning.
Some of the tools we have available to us today, such as touchscreen projectors, document readers, Brightspace (D2L), video conferencing, virtual reality, and smart phones are avenues to create interest, communication and learning. We want to help you find some ways to make this possible in your classroom.