Maybe the first law of technology by Melvin Kranzberg is a good addition to this interesting blog post: Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral. The latter actually reflects some of the comments being made in reply.
Karin Forssell, directs the Learning, Design, & Technology master’s program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Her students design innovative solutions to learning problems. She studies the conditions under which teachers choose to use digital tools, and the features that make them useful.
For some teachers, the idea of incorporating technology into teaching is intimidating, to say the least. It’s complicated. It’s distracting. It breaks. It is not necessary for good teaching.
In common parlance, “technology” is a word we use to describe things that are new. To quote Alan Kay, “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.” Hence Marc Prensky’s distinction between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants.” If you were born before the advent of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, or SnapChat, you might well have a sense that they are different, uncharted, and not critical to good teaching. By talking about technology, we…
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