For years now I have repeatedly read articles about technology and education. As an educator, I always pick them up with enthusiasm and hope. Maybe this time the article will finally say what needs to be said. Nine times out of ten, I finish them by shaking my head in disappointment. Another article which completely misses the point. Well, I have finally reached my breaking point.
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Let me make a side note here, that it is the policy at Plus Ultra Technologies to write all articles as a collective, which is why they are all written using the pronoun "we." This time, however, I need to deviate from this in order to share my personal experience.
Class Dismissed: Even good students don't always want to learn. In it, Cringley quotes extensively from "an electrical engineer turned high school math teacher," who he refers to as his "new hero."Apparently, this teacher, Steve, has reservations about using technology as a motivator for student success. He also feels that technology "gets in the way" of better learning. Steve then goes on to discuss a scenario where iPads are brought into a classroom. He says that while
...for some students who are intrinsically motivated, this will unlock great learning options, . . . many will choose to use the iPad as just another distraction (and a very compelling one) instead of learning the class content.
dropbox.com. They all used Diigo to research and collaborate as well as bibme.org to create their works cited pages. The students did all of this using their own devices; whatever they had. Some used laptops. Some used iPod Touches. Some used smartphones. It didn't matter. My students were using all the latest websites and technologies that they would be expected to use in college and the workforce. That is until this year.