Thursday, February 23, 2012

Technology in the classroom

A story by Jeffrey Young in the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the value of new technology in the classroom.  The most salient point is that technology only aids teaching if used in the right way.  It can't make up for a lack of connection between teacher and students.  I liked this quote, which I have certainly experienced in my own teaching:
"Students can all sniff out an inauthentic place of learning," the professor argues. "They think, If it's a game, fine, I'll play it for the grade, but I'm not going to learn anything."