The Classroom Teacher’s Technology Survival Guide

Technology Can Be Disruptive

  • Doug notes that since pencils can be stolen, need maintenance, can be used as a weapon, can be used to create cheat sheets and threatening notes, can be used for doodling, we should ban them. These are the same reasons some use for banning student owned technology in schools. While teachers aren’t too concerned that technology could eliminate the need for schools altogether, they are concerned about devices students bring to school. Doug suggests that teachers establish simple rules with student involvement for how technology is used in class. He discusses many learning activities that student cellphones can facilitate along with modern technology tools and resources like Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, and Youtube that aren’t going away. He supports the use of games for learning and encourages teachers to allow Internet use for nonacademic purposes with good reasons.
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