So it seems parents of Silicon Valley children are sending their kids to technology free schools. Good for them. My son, a first grader, goes to computer lab already. And I was appalled to learn that his school recently had “electronics day” where kids could bring their ipads, iphones, and whatever else to school as a reward for something. His contribution to technology day was Velcro. A friend of mine told me recently that his nephew was reading a little political philosophy in junior high school. Wow, a bit early for Machiavelli I thought, but more power to them if they actually work their way through some text. Then he told me the assignment: design Machiavelli’s own Facebook page. Yuck.
I’ve never used PowerPoint in my own teaching. Films or film clips are used very sparingly. We read books, we think about books, and we talk about books (to paraphrase the coach in Bull Durham: “you throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.”). And I even (gasp!) lecture sometimes. But I suspect I am in the minority at my college. We are supposed to be on the look-out for new and creative ways to teach and use technology to “enhance the learning experience” or something like that. If all of this technology centered, interactive learning begins already in primary school, it’s no wonder college students can’t sit through a 50 minute lecture! So I tip my cap to those parents in the article. What say you?
h/t to Peter Lawler at The Postmodern Conservative.