Educational Technology

April 24, 2011

Standing in the Back, Watching the Screens

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Jonathan Martin, School CIO

Now, at our school we are lecturing a lot less than we used to, and especially so since 1:1 adoption. But that we are doing so less doesn’t mean we aren’t doing so at all, and it is not my practice as principal to insist otherwise (encourage otherwise, yes; insist otherwise, no). As the teacher lectured, and she is a very good, very experienced, teacher, her discussion points varied—some of them with seemingly no connection at all to the present day and the world these students live in today, but other points fascinatingly relevant to today’s economic and political realities. The laptop screens which I watched, from the back, corresponded in near-perfect correlation. When the topics appeared relevant to students, the note-taking pages appeared; when the topics veered to the arcane and irrelevant, the screens veered to Facebook, gaming sites, and other distractions.

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