One of my favorite blogs to read is Seth’s Blog. Seth Godin is a world renown writer who especially focuses on good leadership qualities and good entrepreneurial practices. I like to read Seth’s blog because it makes me think, and much of what he writes can be applied to my classroom. Today, in his post title “Watch This”, he wrote about using flashy tactics to get attention. However, and this is in Seth’s own words, “Do it well enough and often enough and you will gain attention. But you’ll still be under a bus.”
This made me think about the reasons teachers might have for using technology in the classroom. The temptation to use technology because students are going to love it and be attracted to such projects is there. We know that most students are going to like using technology. However, the reasons for a tech project need to be grounded within good standards based instruction. It is great for students to do fun projects on the computer, but they also need to learn.
If the reason for teaching with technology is solely to entertain students, both the student and the teacher is wasting valuable learning time. Both are “stuck under the bus.”