I know of a person who does not have any technology in his room accept for a 70s looking overhead. One day he decided to walk around his institute and see how the teachers who had technology in their room was using it. 9/10 rooms were using the “elmo” type device to show a handout, a passage from a book, etc. They were using their fully Internet capable machine as a modern day opaque projector which would project the image of anything put inside it. The one other person was showing a DVD. How much money has been invested in technology so that people can use technology from the past such as a DVD player or an opaque projector! Educational institutes need to take a lead in helping their teachers to use the many educational resources that are available. Perhaps at each faculty meeting there can be a five minute demonstration of various ways to use technology to improve student learning in powerful ways.
What does a walk around your school reveal about technology use and student learning?
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