If your school isn’t using technology, why not?

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

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