“It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.” – Marshall McCluhan
There is a misconception about what exactly IS technology. And without this in place – not a lot of good will happen. Also, its place in learning. Both sides seem to view this complex subject through their own colored glasses. We owe our students better. It isn’t like Skinner and a new utopia. Nor is it anti-human and mere entertainment.
It isn’t just about good teaching practices. It isn’t just about this method vs that. It is mostly about our own relationship and mind set towards technology. Technology should be used well, be used as the breath it is – invisible and in the background, everywhere. It is about understanding the research and conclusions drawn about what works and doesn’t. It is about not drawing lines but about individual situations.
So, I’m going to post my own thoughts using McCluhan as a backdrop. In hopes to really get others thinking as the box – not outside nor inside but AS the box. Also, I’ve been taking notes and hope to record a nice video outlining why I do think using “new” technologies is a great way forward but not the “one” way.
In the meantime, I’ve been revisiting Ira Socol – a great thinker on this subject who’ve I’ve followed a long time. You can’t go wrong dipping into his musings. We’ve come a long way since Skinner and need not think of technology in such a facile manner… a long way baby.