professornana (professornana) wrote,

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I have read a few posts of late about how teaching should be evolving in the time of new technology. Some talk about making assignments "Google-proof", others discuss the importance of using different approaches, of having kids produce a product, and of the need for learning strategies. This is all well and good, but it is not new (well, maybe the google-proof stuff though you could substitute google with encyclopedia, right?).

And as I continue to pull in new APPS and social networks, I ask myself if what I am doing is new or just the same old piece with bells and whistles? I think both approaches are probably okay, but I need to keep in the forefront of my mind the difference between the two. Is using the tech tool essential to this assignment or is it tangential? Could this be done without the tech tool and still be a fine assignment? How integral is the technology? What is the point after all?

I am posing questions here. I do not have all the answers. I know that this is one more piece of my evolution as a teacher, a process that will never, ever end.
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