Classroom Technology as an Expensive Distraction
Editor’s note: there’s some pathetic sort of disclaimer for the bile from this hate-spewing technophobe. Please read it here.
We need to teach. We need to teach well. It doesn’t matter if we’re using chalkboard, whiteboard or SMART Board if we’re not doing at least that much.
In time, technology will come and will be fully integrated, but for now it remains an expensive distraction.
Check out the discussion of this post.
I believe that while technology in the classroom adds something to a good lecture, but that in the end the technology mandate they discussed there is more like treating the symptom than the cause.
What follows is an excerpt from my response:
Good teachers teach well, whatever that means, and technology can only help. Bad teachers don’t teach well, whatever that means, and technology will only make them worse.
Technology isn’t essential for teaching. Connecting to one’s students is what’s important. Making them care, and teaching them how to find it is important. The tools we use don’t change substantially what they learn.
Emphasizing it so much in credential programs, for example — I can speak for that, at least — wastes class time that should be better spent teaching how to teach, rather than teaching how to teach the material. Consider that this training is distinctly a waste because so few schools our new teachers will teach at actually have more than half of a classroom set of Tech 2.0 gear?
Who cares about LCD projectors if students have just as much trouble remembering how the Balkan Wars and The Great War are related, or have just as much trouble remembering why the powderkeg that was Europe at the turn of the 20th century is important historically, and in our own lives?
Technology adds many desirable things, but these benefits will only be felt once it’s in good hands. That should be our priority.