New technology is most often
portrayed in the mainstream press as a
bogeyman. And when it comes to its application
in education and its effect on the children? Turn
the hype knob up a notch or two. See much of
the current hysteria over Facebook for evidence.
It’s not hard to look back and see just how silly much of the
coverage of earlier tech was. My first technology stories, in the
early ’90s, had headlines like “Email: Is It Right for Corporate
America?” What about “Don’t copy that floppy” (News&Trends,
page 12)? Even today you can find online the occasional debate
over simply having computers in the classroom—ironic, yes?
We like to think that Tech & Learning takes a progressive view
of the matter without being a cheerleader. Part Two of our
series on the BYOD (bring your own device) trend (page 31) is
a good example. Sorry, no horror stories about students sexting
and cheating here, just practical advice on creating a secure
environment in which students can learn.
That’s not to say we believe that all technology is good
for its own sake. I’ll point to the essay on the evils of IWBs
(“Whiteboards—A Modest Proposal,” page 37) by our favorite
edtech provocateur, Gary Stager. My bet is that by the time
you read this in print, there will be a great comment thread at
techlearning.com. Go there to tell us your thoughts.