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December 2019

Technology

Last fall I sat at the back of a classroom, one of many visited to monitor student interns, and watched a teacher engage in a curious technological two-step while teaching her class. She would engage students for a few minutes, then give them something to discuss or write down, at which point her attention shifted […]

Are Children Getting Too Much Screen Time in School?

One of the most noticeable recent technological changes in our homes and schools is the proliferation of screens. Televisions have given way to computers, tablets, and phones, all of which serve significant functions in our lives. The abundance of these devices has caused widespread concern, particularly about youth, who seem as entranced by screens as […]

Devices, Teachers, and Students: How Are Our Choices Shaped?

Talking about technology in schools seems to come with a built-in temptation toward arguing about big threats and promises. Digital devices will connect our students to the world, transform learning, break down the walls of the school, and unleash student creativity! Digital devices will isolate our students, make them shallow, weaken their thinking skills, and […]

Teaching Well with Technology: Learning from Teachers

Twenty-first-century digital devices are packaged with the promise of revolutionizing student learning through access to more knowledge, increased organization, wider connectivity to the world, and more. With such powerful tools at the fingertips of students, what role is left for teachers? One high schooler we interviewed said that students have “an all-knowing box of genius […]

Technology and Community: Changing Parental Roles and Teacher Workload

When a school community chooses to invest in and employ digital technologies, the impact of the choice extends beyond the school walls and the hours of the school day. In fact, proponents of digital technologies highlight the benefit of expanded learning time and space, moving learning beyond the confines of the classroom. What are some […]

Modern Devices and Ancient Disciplines

A number of years ago Microsoft ran a commercial for the Windows Phone 7. It portrayed a variety of people immersed in their smartphones while oblivious to their surroundings. The series of vignettes includes a distracted father sitting on a seesaw leaving his daughter stranded high on the other end, a hapless man absorbed in […]