Classroom technology

Technology can be really helpful when teaching.  I cannot actually imagine not teaching my classes in a “smart” classroom these days.  I could replace powerpoint with overheads, but to be able to show youtube clips of campaign ads, etc., or trace a piece of legislation through Thomas is great and really adds to the class.  That said, the technology triumphalists really annoy me.  It’s still all about engaging students and technology is just a small piece of that.  Anyway, interesting piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a new plan which seems to suggest good teaching in the 21st century is dependent upon technology.  To wit:

Mr. Dede’s arguments (in more bureaucratic language) form the basis of a new National Educational Technology Plan, issued in draft form in March by the U.S. Department of Education. “The challenge for our education system is to leverage the learning sciences and modern technology to create engaging, relevant, and personalized learning experiences for all learners that mirror students’ daily lives and the reality of their futures,” says the plan, which he helped write.

Like I said, I like technology, but I just don’t buy that bit of jargon.  Should the classroom experience really “mirror” my students’ daily lives.  Should I start texting them questions in the classroom?  Have them right an instant blog post on their smart-phone rather than raising their hand and sharing their opinion?  Maybe I’m just a 20th century dinosaur.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to Classroom technology

  1. Sonia says:

    Where in the world did the idea originate that teaching should mirror student life? Most of my student life involved activities that killed brain cells. 😐

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