Tech Out, Chalk In, Well Almost

great thoughts!



This is not so much in response to Mary Flanagan’s  essay, “The Classroom as Arcade,” recently published by Inside Higher Ed,  which features a vivid observation of a student in class who “check[ed] out from a class he likes” to play a role-playing game on an electronic device while others “openly engaged with their Facebook pages,” also in class, though I would say that kind of behavior falls under classroom management–even if students live in a world where technology controls their fingers and eyeballs as if they were marionettes.  But reading Flanagan’s essay reminded me that I had not yet taken the opportunity to sound off on what appears to be the standard practice for years now of equipping every classroom with a computer and an electronic overhead projector, along with either a television or pull down screen to show what is displayed on the computer.

I recall also a former college president making a…

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