Friday, September 28, 2007
I am not certain, any more than the next person, what the future holds for us (that would make life not fun at all!). Nonetheless, I am confident that technology will continue its march into the fiber of our lives and that includes education. I've been fascinated with the desire of educators to outlaw student owned (phones, et. al.) technology in the classroom. What makes that fascinating is that if teachers would use the mobile phone technology as a part of the learning process, students wouldn't use them to be a distraction, but a tool. Texting becomes another way for students to build meaning as they "chat" with each other. Sending text, pictures, etc. back and forth only adds to the learning process, not distracts. Think of it in terms of "passing notes." The only time students pass notes in class is when the class is boring or lacks meaning. When students are engaged in the learning process, all communication is about building meaning aand thus learning. Technology adds value to this process. And, like it or not, we are going there!
Posted by Dr. Patrick Faverty at 6:30 PM