If your school is not using technology, why not? [Is there inovative thinking behind your school’s use of technology? ] What is the rationale for opposing technology in the classroom?
This question reverses the previous ones but, in the 21st century, it is important to ask the question in both directions. If not, why not? The baseline of school-based learning should not be the absence of technology, at least not without a good argument that has been thought through carefully by all involved. Every child with access to the Internet or a mobile devices engages in informal learning outside of school all the time.
The inventors of the Internet were motivated by the desire to put all the world’s knowledge within reach of all the world’s citizens — a utopian goal, to be sure, but one based on a new theory of learning. If teaching kids with, through, and about technology is not a well-integrated practice in your child’s school, then you have to inquire why not? Too many teachers teach for their past instead of their students’ present and future.
The real, hard, painstaking, involved work of educating with technology requires engaging students in their passions and imaginations, and helping them to learn to thrive in the interconnected, global, digital world they have inherited.
-Cathy Davidson, cathydavidson.com