If you want to read a great debate on technology in education, then you HAVE to read A.J’s post in response to a Time Magazine article that demonized technology in schools. Both entertaining and thought-provoking!
Before I begin, let me make a very clear statement:I don’t believe that technology in our classrooms is a silver bullet. Adding technology cannot alone increase engagement, empower our students, and lead to academic and life success (during and long after school is over). Yet, the recent set of articles from NPR and Time Magazine (among others) that paint a picture of technology as a detriment to learning is both limited in scope and altogether a one-sided argument that does not allow for a gray area to appear. Technology, as with any other tool used for learning, can be helpful or detrimental depending on how it is used, the purpose, and the connection to what’s happening inside our brain! That being said, our world is flush with technology and it is increasing at an exponential pace. It’s not going away. We can either choose to run from it or choose to leverage it in practical, challenging, inspiring, and useful ways now and in the future.