The Must-Have Guide To Helping Technophobic Educators
By Tanya Gupta
The blogosphere and the mainstream media is filled with success stories of technology’s successful adoption in education. However, many educators complain that when they try to introduce technological innovation on their campuses, they face obstacles.
For example, according to Boston.com, there are many schools that are Internet-free. For example, at Tufts, certain areas are kept Internet-free. At Amherst College, students are encouraged to disconnect from technology for at least 15 minutes in order to enjoy relaxing activities, while students at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester participate in a week long silent retreats during which they disconnect from technology.
There are others, such as Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT who travels around the country encouraging colleges to pull back on Internet access. This can be the case even with high schools – at the Waldorf School for instance there are no computers, no TV screens, smart boards, video cameras and other equipment that is found in many public and private schools, and it is by design and not because they lack funds.
So should the technology proponent do? As a follow up to our previous blog which was on the similarity of ATMs and online education, here is a handy guide to some of the most common arguments made against the use of technology in education, and how to counter them.
Continued at: http://edudemic.com/2012/02/technophobic-teachers/
- Why we expect more from technology and less from each other [Andre Biester] (ecademy.com)
- A Ten-Year Update on Technology and Education (hollymccracken.wordpress.com)