Like anything else that just doesn’t mean what it once did, the term “educational technology” has come under attack. It comes under attack, not from the newest in the field, not the newly certified doctorates or master’s degreed students, but from the veterans who’ve been getting technology trenchfoot while waiting for the rush across noman’s land to rescue the lost from themselves. The attack comes in the form of a simple question from Tim at Assorted Stuff:
We say we want students to be able to communicate and collaborate, to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and to become creative and innovative in their work.
Do we really need special “edtech” to make that happen?
Maybe, just like our tech standards that linger from the previous century, the whole concept of “educational technology” is outdated and obsolete.
You might as well ask questions like the ones below….
- Did the Lone Ranger need Tonto as he rode into danger?
- Would the Canterbury Tales been half so interesting if they’d all taken the bus?
- Would we still be living in caves if some brave soul hadn’t eaten the first oyster?
- Was Don Quixote an idiot or a hero in a land of cowards? Was Walter Mitty his descendant?
Listen to the Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyO5Mi1ZXg0
Image Source for Don Quixote: http://www.depts.drew.edu/engl/events/marathon/PicassoDonQuixoteSancho.jpg
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