Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How much is too much?

Are we in danger of getting too embroiled in technology and losing site of the basics of education?  Is the use of technology becoming just the latest fad in education?  Or is technology really a valid means of teaching kids more, better, faster? 

1 comment:

  1. Personally, I don't think that is at all possible. Technology has changed our lives in so many ways. How can it NOT change the way we educate our children? There is very little that we do like we did in 1975 or 1980 on a day-to-day basis, but we do education very much the same way.

    Yes, we have projectors and document cameras, "clickers", and interactive white board, I know. But we still "do school" much the same as we always have. We herd 20-35 students in 6 - 8 times a day for somewhere around an hour or so and deliver information to them, just like we have been doing since 1975-80 and before...long before.

    So how could we use technology to do things differently?

    How about mixing traditional classroom scenarios with electronic learning within any given school day?

    How about replacing textbooks with computer software that can accommodate and differentiate?

    How about replacing 50 minute classes every day with test prep sessions and teacher office hours and "main topic" seminars?

    How about holding kids accountable on a daily or hourly basis by requiring actual "media center" attendance when not in direct supervision of a classroom teacher?

    There are so many things we can do differently and better with technology. Yet all we have done so far is do things the same way, just using technology to do it a little more efficiently.

    Thanks for reading. Comments are welcome!