But a classroom without clickers, or without a smartboard, isn’t going to be inherently inferior to one loaded with all the latest gadgets, because it’s not the gadgets that do the teaching: it’s the teacher. And the teacher should use whatever technology he or she thinks will improve what he or she is up to vis-a-vis the students — no more, and no less. Whether a piece of technology will be useful and fruitful is primarily a question of how a particular bit of technology relates to that teacher’s methods, personality, and style...It's not the technology, it's what the teacher does with it.
I would love to listen to a lecture by Aristotle, or Avicenna, or Anselm, or even Neitzsche. But it would be stupid for me to require that they use Powerpoint.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Education and Technology
I think this post is just about right: