Technology disruption in the classroom

When we put technology in the hands of students, teachers fear the many possible ways in which this could disrupt their lessons. Winston Churchill said: “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.” This is so true in general, and it also applies to the worry that technology will disrupt learning in the classroom.   However, one must think about the positive possibilities and then see how we can handle disruptions when they happen.

An immediate solution that presents itself is to have a no-device policy in schools.  Cell phones are banned, as well as other electronic devices, except maybe calculators.  But is that the best way to go about things?   In the past students were distracted by writing notes or letters and sending them along in the class.  Did teachers react by banning paper?  Of course not!  They found other ways to handle the situation.  The same should be true of technology.

One thought on “Technology disruption in the classroom”

  1. Pencil and paper are easy and cheap technologies to support and keep in stock. Easy to train almost anybody to maintain them. Fairly easy train a learner or teacher to use a pencil and paper. You can take it home and practice for many hours and it does not cost you money to do so
    This complexity factor must be included in this analogy or argument.

    Yes, we should not walk away from the complexities, but rather embrace them, but we have to be ready for the amount of effort that is required.

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