My eyes shot wide open, my jaw dropped, and my shoes left skid marks on the tile. Before my eyes I saw a Promethean Board being used as a screen for an overhead projector. Dumbfounded, I asked the instructor what in the world they were doing and the response was, “I didn’t have time …” My facial expression was a door into my brain: I couldn’t recover quickly enough to hide the feelings of disbelief.
Then it hit me how time seems to be the crouching tiger in the bushes, the elephant in the room, and the colloquial answer for why we don’t stretch ourselves to learn new skills. What then, to be blunt, is the reason for technology? It’s not about the shoes.
Hmmm? It’s not about the technology, but what you do with it.
Can we still walk without shoes? Yes. But, it’s what we do with the shoes that make a difference.
Heidi on I Was Thinking posts an excellent address of this issue which gets one thinking, “Are we doing students a disservice by not perking up our instruction?” Recently I was working with Ms. Laughlin with reading and Activotes, and many students said, “This is FUN!” while they were actively engaged in the lesson on context clues. Not surprisingly unusual, the level of learning was high, the on task behavior was 100%, and engagement in the lesson was evident by discussion and the high number of correct answers.
Overhead vs. Promethean. Hmmm. I wonder which will give us a higher chance of higher test scores?
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