“Back in my day, we didn’t have any of these fancy gadgets.”
Okay, so I’ve never actually heard a teacher complaining like this. But with the speed that technology is improving at, I am bound to be thinking this as I start my teaching career… Of course, the goal I have is to be as “tech savvy” as I can be, even as technology continues to evolve.
All these “fancy gadgets” as I lovingly refer to them as are going to be a source of power and weakness for all that use them. They open children to new worlds and create opportunities for creative expression… but what happens when the whole lesson is based around a tech that suddenly, unexplainably fails? Well, according to my brother – the world doesn’t exist without Wi-Fi and his laptop. So what does that say for kids that are born today? Or in 5 years? How much will they rely on technology to learn, and what will they do if it fails?
My hope going forward in a world surrounded by technology is that we won’t let it swallow up the traditional ways of learning. I know that there are some crazy kids out there that learn better writing things out than typing them up and they deserve just as much a chance as the kids that type up all their notes during class.