Sunday, December 4, 2016

Avoiding Ineffective #EdTech: Consideration 3

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There are some technologies that are said to support effective practices with tech in learning, but they’re really not. The worst technology that I’ve taken to mat time and time again is interactive whiteboards.

Please! Step away from board. Resist the urge to use them. Don’t install their software. Don’t fool yourself into believing that good teaching or interactive means having one person (or even two or three) standing at the front of the room dragging things around a board.

Unfortunately, many of those who never heard or heeded my cries to stay away are now facing a situation where they’re being asked to pay tens of thousands of dollars for software formerly offered free with the board. Another issue is there are so many technical problems with the boards that they need to be replaced, or they're just not used.


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