I love this book.
I hate this book.
This book is such a great help for me in
critiquing our culture and thinking about
how we use technology in schools.
This book makes me feel rotten about
where our culture currently stands
in regard to technology; how
technology has seeped into every
corner of our lives, including schools.
This book gives me hope that
hands-on, face-to-face learning
is still important and valuable.
This book reminds me that I'm teaching
an online course to teachers--some of
whom I've never met face-to-face--and
we're all somehow okay with this...
Technopoly reminds me that there is still
a huge need for good pedagogy, and that
technology should not--and truly cannot--
replace a heart-driven teacher.
Technopoly makes me wonder about the
future of our culture (most broadly) and
school culture specifically. Where are we
I love my iPad, and I often find myself sitting in my recliner in the evening with it in my lap. I think of this as a way of relaxing and really as a form of entertainment. But is this the only way iPads are used? iPads and other tablets have wide acceptance in schools today--to what end? Why are the iPads there? Do they really make better teachers? Do they really help students learn more? Or is it a case of, "Ooooo...shiny!"-syndrome?
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Postman makes the point: "What we need to consider about the computer has nothing to do with its efficiency as a teaching tool. We need to know in what ways it is altering our conception of learning, and how, in conjunction with television, it undermines the old idea of school." (p.19)
I'm acutely aware of this point when I'm thoughtful about my own iPad usage at home. What am I giving up to be sitting there in my chair with my feet up, glued to the little screen in my lap?
And then put this into the classroom context: what are students and teachers giving up to be glued to their screens in the classroom?
I'm no Luddite, but every time I read this book (I believe this is my fifth pass through it...) I'm convicted again with my own computer over-use...and I wonder whether I should quit it?
What do you think? How much do we rely on computers, and tablets, and SMARTboards, and the like in school today? Do we over-rely on such tools? Or is this just business-as-usual for schools today?