Cynthia Tann on the Tech Piece

This is from Cynthia in our Group 8 UCI Saturday classes:

Good morning,

I was thinking about the use of technology in the classroom.  Last year was unprecedented in the use of technology in the classroom.  Maybe I am just too old school???  I found that too much technology really hindered the kids.  I found the kids trying to get online to other classes if I was not constantly monitoring what they were doing on the computers.  Last year I taught in fear that we would be sent home and I would have to have everything able to transition in a moment’s notice.  This year I decided that I can’t teach in fear of this happening.  The kids deserve better than that.  What is my point?  I plan to use technology as it fits what I am doing.  But I am not going to use it more than once or twice per week.  I am even going back to good old fashioned they must handwrite pretty much everything they do?  Why?  They got comfortable having google translate just a click away!  How to destroy language learning?  Teach them grammar or give them unfettered access to google translate!

I am not judging anyone for using PearDeck or any other technology!  These are wonderful, awesome tools.  I am just reminding myself and you all, that too much tech may not be good for language learning.



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