No Technology Classroom?

Take a look at this video (in the article).

I’m not going to write anything (because from previous posts most of your can assume that I am pro-technology in the classroom), but I’d love to hear what you think on this potentially controversial topic.

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2 thoughts on “No Technology Classroom?

  1. This is a great way, I think, to sort of hit a ‘reset button’ by force on what many people think teaching actually is. Many people, including some teachers, think teaching is about snaring kids interest at any cost. Technology is a great way to do that. However, what teaching really is about is simply developing the skill to learn. That doesn’t always need profound interest on behalf of the student. Just like riding a bicycle – it’s very tough at first, and not very much fun. However, once you actually achieve it, you love it. I think learning works the same way sometimes.

    Ditching most technological aids eliminates any chance of having flashy effects to grab student interest. Instead, you must capture kids by showing them to love learning, and that there are good things to learn here. The number one factor in judgement of teacher effectiveness according to several studies is competence. You don’t need technology to show students you know what you’re talking about.

  2. I think that technological literacy is an important part of education just because of the world we live in. I think it would be difficult to prepare a child for their future without them getting that type of training. It seems that the kids in the video already get those opportunities at home and therefore their parents don’t see the need to re-emphasize it at school.

    The video is right in saying that technology is not a substitute for good teaching. Why incorporate technology just for the sake of having it? At the same time, there are different ways of teaching things and in some cases, the option to use a computer is not necessarily a right or wrong decision. I have just transitioned from a practicum in a very tech-savvy school district into a teaching job with a rural school division where technology is not a major goal at this point. The district has decided to direct its focus to inclusion, healthy interactions and healthy kids. I see great teachers and wonderful learning happening with safe and caring schools. However, I’ve found it difficult to adapt my teaching style to this new environment. I no longer have the technological resources that I used to and must make alternate arrangements to teach the same material.

    I think its worth mentioning that I admire the hands-on approach of the Waldorf School. A misconception in science education that drives me crazy is that a virtual lab or computer simulation of a lab can act as a substitute for real hands-on lab work. If we misuse technology this way, then our students are missing out on something incredibly valuable. Despite the impression that we may get, 21st century learning is NOT about computers. To me, 21st century learning is about real-world problem solving which may or may not involve computers at all. Creating a garden on “The Sims” is not 21st century learning. Growing a real garden is.

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