Steven Anderson wrote a post today titled, “Some Thoughts On The Current State Of Edtech…” I agree with many of the things he said, but I take issue with the following statement. He wrote:
If these kids are not walking into a classroom where they can use a laptop, or cellphone or iPod or clickers, or interactive whiteboard, they are behind. If these kids are only tested in their ability to take a multiple choice test and that is the only measure we are using to see if they are learning, we are subjecting them to a limiting education.
The point on differentiated assessment is spot on, but I do not think we should put clickers and cell phones in the same category as laptops or mobile computing platforms like the iPod Touch. Some educational technology conference vendors may cringe when they read this: No one in education should “just” be an advocate for all things digital. Personally I am NOT a big fan of clickers. Clickers don’t promote creativity. Clickers don’t empower learners to create and share content, or collaborate. I have been in many classrooms equipped with electronic whiteboards and even clickers, where the ISTE NETS were not being met AT ALL.
I think Steven and I agree on the main point of his post, which is that we need to focus on learning goals as well as student engagement– not just tools. The language in his post which seems to equate laptops with clickers seemed to justify a response, however.
What do you think?
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