I'm not merely railing against the video game generation that never sees a ball or bike touch real dirt, that's an old argument, nor am I hating on the texting/FB-ing addicts whose thumbs and phones are never separated. But what I see online and out on the campuses seems to fall into two schools of thought regarding technology:
- "We're a Technology school, we let 'em use computers!" These schools/teachers are so hip and with it their students can use Word, then Google up some pictures to really snazz up the book report! The advanced students that finish class work first, or the RSP students that "don't do" a certain subject, can play cool math games... What's the difference between my son sitting for 2 hours in front of the screen playing Zoo Tycoon and sitting for 2 hours playing Shoot the Geometric Shape?*
- "We need to relate/connect/catch up -- we Twitter and Facebook and Text our students!" The emphasis here is playing their game, communicating on the students' terms. Assignments are available online, questions and answers relayed wirelessly, entire semesters of work produced electronically. Is my son demonstrating a mastery of the subject matter or of his ability to collect and merge the correct pieces?
* no, I do not let my sons sit for 2 hours playing anything.