I really did.
I went to 3 EdCamps this summer. I really felt ready to take on some fancy technology stuff in the classroom.
But it just didn’t work.
So many glitches, so little time.
I decided to use Twiddla.com and my Wacom Bamboo pad to project lectures overhead. It sounded simple enough.
The problem wasn’t just a learning curve. It was the combination of multiple pieces of technology all having to work at the same time.
Twiddla glitched on me during one of the first lectures. I’m not sure if it was the service or the Internet access – or plain user error. But it was annoying.
Then, in one classroom, the computer and projector wouldn’t work together. I tried and tried. Then I called in the IT crew. Well, the IT guy couldn’t even fix it!
But there was a greater problem than all that.
Using technology in the classroom is impersonal.
That was a really weird revelation. But it’s true.
I was writing on a tablet and the students were looking at the overhead – on the other side of the room!
I couldn’t tell if they were understanding things, lost, confused, or with me. It was like producing a live YouTube video. It was worse than a webinar – where there’s at least discussion in the chat thread.
Enter the iPad…
So I thought walking around the room with my shiny new ipad and stylus would work.
I could look at the students – make eye contact, see faces – and tell who was getting it and who wasn’t.
But every tool I tried had generic cialis fast shipping some other glitch – no online connectivity, bad palm sensing problems…
And you have to press down with the stylus and up with the pad – a double physical challenge that was totally unexpected.
No thanks – I’ll take the whiteboard.
So at the end of the day, I trashed it all. And I couldn’t be happier.
As my pregnancy progresses and standing on my feet for 5 hours becomes more difficult, I’ll request an overhead projector. And some Vis-a-vis wet erase markers.
It’s nice to hear of teachers using technology. But after all is said and done, it’s the learning that’s important.
And if technology gets in the way, then it’s just not worth it.
How about you? What’s your experience with technology in the classroom? Share your story in the comments.
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