It was a great debate and several great arguments from both sides. Thank you to those people that opened up the battles!
In my humble yet accurate opinion, there is no scenario where the classroom is not made better by some form of technology. That being said there must be balance between digital and analog learning.
Before I started my career in education I worked in the trades, went to trade school worked as an industrial mechanic and then carpenter. I still work as a carpenter and as a backyard mechanic. I almost always have a project on the go and have turned into the “old knowledgeable” one for many of my friends. My grandfather Claude used to say “let me show you how to do that, it won’t be heavy to carry with you”. I love that point of view and it has been something that I’ve tried to personify ever since.
I was lucky enough to spend most of my teaching career in a shop and tried to pass on this growth mindset to students. I had countless parents in my shop expressing their regret at not learning to work with their hands. I think that in today’s society we have very little closure, we work on small aspects of large jobs without ever seeing something through start to finish. It is good for your mental health to have the gratification of a job done. Something you can see and touch and know every detail of.
So what does this have to do with technology in the classroom? Balance. You can’t turn your back on technology, we can’t pretend that technology is going to be a huge part of students lives…. forever. Sheltering them from it now and then thrusting it at them later in life would be no different than procrastinating teaching your child to swim because they are going to be in the water everyday when they are adults… ridiculous. Instead, lets teach them balance, lets explore some analog activities where they work with their hands, lets spend time outdoors. Lets make art, play music, complete tasks start to finish and talk about digital citizenship in real time.