Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0
11. The Cost of Technology
THE COST OF TECHNOLOGY
I am a technology guy, in terms of understanding new media technologies and integrating them into my teaching. I get the appeal of gizmos and gadgets. I understand the power of some technologies and the silliness of others. But I am a teacher first. I want to be sure that what I use to teach students, empower them, and open their minds, will serve their education and future careers. If, in my pedagogy, I rely on some technology just because it is mobile, wireless, smaller, and faster, I have simply taught my students how to rely on something that is mobile, wireless, smaller, and faster. That would be a disservice to my students, because tomorrow there will be some new technology that is more mobile, wireless, smaller, and faster. And the substance of what I teach my students, I hope, is greater than inevitable obsolescence. I want what I teach my students in their device-driven, technology-focused education to be lasting, to go on.
In a recent book about using mobile devices in higher education, published by a well-known academic publisher, the book’s author asserted that higher education is missing the boat when it comes to fully integrating new technologies, namely mobile devices, into teaching protocols. The author cites examples of how other arenas, such as the corporate sector, agriculture and farming, even retail advertising and marketing, are using mobile devices to communicate, conduct business, and reach clientele. The author...
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