The forward march of technology is relentless. When I think of educational technology, it sort of reminds me of the Borg from Star Trek: "Resistance is futile...you will be assimilated..."
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In the EdTech class I'm teaching this summer, I have my students reading Technopoly by Neil Postman. It's a challenging book, and one that always amazes me when I reread it. Postman argues (quite compellingly!) that North American culture is not really a tool-using culture, or even a technology-using culture, but we've reached a point where technology uses us...we are "slaves to the machines," so to speak. That sounds pretty bleak, doesn't it?
For Christian teachers, like us, I think it is very important to discern how we should use technology. It isn't really a question in my mind if we are going to use technology for teaching in the 21st century...but when we choose to incorporate it and how we choose to incorporate technology tools must be carefully reasoned!
Which leads me to this question: what heuristics shall we use to determine when and how to use technology? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!