Ed Week has an excellent column here describing our country’s fascination with technology in education—from typewriters to film strips to computers.
As a high school English teacher for 37 years, I was entertained by this history of school technology. Ah yes: the large TV’s on carts we wheeled through the halls, the film strips we struggle to keep from getting tangled, the white boards—or smart boards—or whatever they were, the early big clunky computers that kept crashing (“Save early and often!” we preached), the carts with laptops, and now the iPads.
The only technology I ever believed in was a book. I found that my top students were always, always the avid readers. You can’t shortcut the hours and hours and hours that avid readers spend hunched over books with all the technology in the world.