There are 3 main ways in which technology can be used in education. One of them is horrible. One of them is neutral. One of them is great. One of them is used extensively. One of them is increasingly being used. One of them is not being used enough. One of them is technology being used to demonstrate an idea. One of them is using technology as a replacement for pen and paper. One of them is using technology to create.
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Technology as a demonstrator is horrible. It is the equivalent of fast food for the mind. It is easy to digest. It is marketed well. It makes you feel satisfied in the short term but long term has very little value. There are many examples of this in educational institutions ranging from flash animations of physics and chemistry theories through to programs that teach languages via simple cartoons. We are presenting the ideas in ways that mean the student has to do very little in the way of thinking to understand it. They sit back and observe rather than actively applying. Research suggests that the clearer the font on a piece the harder it is for us to retain it for example…..