Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

If Technology Fails, Can You Go with the Flow?

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

If Technology Fails, Can You Go with the Flow?

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When I was at school, classrooms were frequently filled with clouds of chalk dust; technology consisted of a lone computer and the occasional handwritten overhead projector slide. Nowadays, interactive whiteboards adorn most classrooms, Google has replaced encyclopedias and departments use the Nintendo DS to engage pupils in subjects. Registers are digital, behaviour and personal information is stored in databases and reports are written online.

There is no denying that advances in technology have enhanced the educational experience, but have we become too reliant?

This was a question I was forced to address when, at 8am on a particularly busy day, my laptop died. I had dutifully prepared engaging PowerPoint presentations, with video clips and sound bites, to appeal to every style of learner. I had even backed everything up in the naive belief that this would protect me against all eventualities. But without a functioning laptop, all my good intentions went out of the window.

Having recently acquired the position of higher-level teaching assistant, I was still new to teaching groups and began to feel the panic rising. I was confident that I remembered the content of my sessions, but the comfort blanket of technology had been removed. …

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